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The following postal scams were reported to the Electronic Messaging Compliance team and are listed below to help you avoid them. Links to scam web pages have been removed and spaces have been added to email addresses to ensure they do not become hyperlinks.


2013

The National Lottery

(IN CONJUNCTION WITH HPC FOODSERVICE FULL-LINE DISTRIBUTOR, LLC.)

Head Office: 305 Sianstead Road, London, SE2) IDE, United Kingdom
North America: 200 W. Adams St, Suite 2002 Chicago IL 60606 USA
Australia: 14 large SI Springvale Victoria 317 1.
Eastern Europe: 53 famagusta A venue 6019-Lanarca: Cyprus.

Date: 26/Nov/2013

Claim Number GB/NZ/30087-Bc2

Dear

RE, PRIZE AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you that you have emerged a lucky winner in the World International Consumers Sweepstake held in the United Kingdom on the 26th of Nov 2013. Your name was randomly selected by the computer database when you or your household member subscribes at one of our New Zealand major telephone service providers, or shopped at one of our New Zealand departmental stores using a credit, debit card or by Cash.
You are hereby entitled to receive the sum of NZD 213,400.00 (Two Hundred and Thirteen Thousand Four Hundred only). This sum is from a total prize amount ofNZO 5 Million shared among all the lucky winners in oceanic Is land of the Continent. You have won this as a loyalty prize for shopping in one or more of the participating stores in the New Zealand; Pak 'n Save, Countdown, New World, Woolworths, Telecom, Clearnet, Slingshot, Orcon Internet Ltd, City Link Ltd, Free Packing, Compass communication, Fx Network, Vodafone, callPlus, TelstraClear, Nokia, Blackberry, Samsung, I phone HTC, Sony, LG etc.
In accordance with our disbursement policy, we are glad to inform you that your file has been assigned to our United Kingdom claims affiliate for the remittance of your funds. Once you have contacted your claim agent and follow all the procedure, you will receive a cheque which will be the price of your winning (NZD 213,400.00); DHL will deliver this to you on a special delivery package within 48 hours from the time your claims is proceeds. You are advised to contact your claim agents immediately for further directives.
Phone: +44796-586-0879
Fax: +44 790-586-0878
Email: gomczwalker @ consultant.com
Contact Person(s): Barr. Gomez Walker (Claims Dept); Mrs. Elena Jones (Account)
Contact time: 9am-5pm Mondays to Fridays; and.Saturdays 10am-3pm (EST)
Please quote your claim number 'GBfNZ/30087-Bc2 ' and your last name ' , in all correspondence. We recommend you keep this letter safe and personal at all times to protect your winnings, and to avoid someone else calling your agents to claim your prize.
Congratulations!
Yours Sincerely,
Katie Hamilton (Promotions Director).
View the original letter .pdf (404k)*

Travel scams still coming in

As in previous months, they are still using the same text content, just changing the name of the holiday and the images

Speech by the General Manager
Angels Traveling is proud to bring you to a new level of tourism. As one of the leading organization in the tourism industry, our goal is to provide premier tours and a distinguished level of entertainment to our clients and guest globally. Incorporated in 2003, we have a long history of success and achievement unlike any other.
Since 2006 we have had an unrivalled number of guests from all corners of the world as we put more emphasis on service efficiency, unparalleled comfort and great value for money. Providing world class services to our clients and guest based on our commitment to quality, efficiency in delivery, coupled with the highest standard of integrity and ethics.
While coming into contact with the rest of the world, Angels Traveling aims to step into the next generation of a creative and dynamic tourism industry. Most importantly, we'd like to thank you for all the support and gratitude placed upon us all these years.
View the Angels Traveling scam .pdf (556k)*
View the Blue Wave Paradise scam .pdf (392k)*
View the East Valley Travels scam .pdf (516k)*

Inheritance scam from Michael Douglas

Dear ,

Thank you for giving me your time. My name is Michael Douglas, a Manager with Alliance Capital Group Inc. British Columbia (B.C) branch. Prior to my banking knowledge and position, I was also attached to the Private Banking services. I am contacting you concerning an investment placed under my Banks Management 4 years ago; you are contacted independently out of investigation in the bank. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.
In the year 2007, a certain man, Mr. Farouk AI-Mustapha (An Egyptian) came to my branch to engage in business discussions with me. He informed me that he had a financial portfolio of US$58 Million United States dollars, which he wished to; have me invest on his behalf. Since I was the officer in-charge; I then proceeded by providing numerous suggestions and advise in line with my duties as the de-facto Chief Operations officer of the Private Banking Services Department, especially considering the volume of funds he wished to invest in our bank. We met on numerous occasions prior to any investments being placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favored route in my advice to customers is to start by assessing data on 600 traditional stocks and bond managers and alternative investments. Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and made very attractive profits margins during our first months of operation; the accrued profit and interest at this point stood at over US$69,688,OOO.00 Million United States dollars. He desired low risk and guaranteed returns on investments, and as such I could not utilize the full potential of the funds.
On November 6, 2011, he requested disinvestments and directed that the funds be deposited in a Fixed (Numbered) Deposit account in my branch for 12 calendar months. His instructions were precisely followed to the latter and all the funds recalled from the active market and deposited. Upon maturity of this deposit, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got no reply. After a month, I sent a reminder and finally got a response from his contract employers, the Egyptian Solid Minerals Corporation that he died from a roadside Bomb explosion during his last visit to Iraq to sign a Maintenance Contract at the Ministry OF solid Minerals in Baghdad. It will be recalled that during this deposit, he claimed to have settled and worked in Egypt as an oil consultanlicontractor, no one knows the source of his money as he could not have made such huge money within the time frame of his employment: therefore, it was presumed he brought in the money from either Iraq or Egypt. My several advices for him to make a WILL was neglected and as such, he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. Since he did not declare any kin or relations in aU his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Branch, this money is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to the Canadian banking Laws, at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Canadian Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. What I wish to relate to you will smack off your unethical practice but I ...... ant you to understand something, it is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I am proposing. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. Thus, your area of specialization or nationality does not matter in this transaction; all that is required of you is a safe account and your willingness to assist us receives and invests the Fund for us after deducting your own commission from the principal amount.
This is simple, all I want you do is to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. The service of an attorney becomes very necessary for drafting and variation of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide with zero credit balance will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary. I ask that if you find interest in this project, you should reply this letter; however questions are welcomed. I am not doing anything against good conscience. I know that this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come once in a lifetime. There is a reward for this project and it is a task worth undertaking. I have evaluated this business and I am very positive that there will be no risk involved, as all the paperwork for this transaction will be prepared by the attorney and then be destroyed immediately the fund is remilled legally and legitimately into your account. My position as the Branch
Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
If you are interested, please reply immediately through the above email address or Fax. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal and necessary homework has been completed to ensure a hitch free transaction. My colleague and I in the legal department are the only one who is aware of this transaction. Good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Let's share the blessing. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, everything wi ll go very smoothly. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us.
Yours Faithfully
Michael Douglas

View the original letter from Michael Douglas .pdf (108k)*

Novislink Invoice scam

We received this letter in the mail this morning. I have googled Novislink and it appears to be a scam. Although the ‘company’ has a London address, the letter has come from Borneo.


View the original invoice .pdf (160k)*

International Lottery Entry scam

An extract:

Special invitation for Name removed

You are among a limited number of residents who have been selected for this exclusive entry opportunity to take advantage of the biggest and best Division One prizes in Europe.

You are pre-approved to take part in a British Lotto Syndicate that is strictly limited to only 8 shares. This ensures large dividends from all prize monies you win with your Syndicate in this massive national lotto.

Your entitlement also includes entry into three other major European games: the Spanish Lotto, German Lotto and Irish Lotto. You will participate in 100 sets of Division One Prize Pool Numbers in each lotto (as documented on reverse), giving you 100 extra winning chances in every draw.

You'll play for 8 weeks with available prize money worth up to':.. Nz$428 Million

In total, you'll enter 64 draws, with an incredible 4,816 chances to win!

At less than 1 cent per winning chance, this special combination series offers outstanding entry value. Positions in our British Syndicates will fill quickly.

Please respond within 10 days for fastest prize eligibility.

Complete your details on the attached Entry Form and return to ELG. A reply envelope is enclosed for your convenience .

View full International Entry Notice .pdf (576k)*

Postal Scam from David Dabir

An extract:

Attn:

This is a personal letter directed to you and I request that it should be treated as such. I am David Dabir, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr. Peter (last name removed), who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 5th of Nov 2002. Since the death of my client in Nov, 2002, I have written several letters to the embassy with an intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail. More so, I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited the sum of 9.8m GBP. The board of directors of the company now adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within the next 25 official working days or forfeit the money as an abandoned fund. The company had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me but after an investigation in the finance company, I found out that some members of the company wants to divert this fund into their private accounts for their own selfish interest and only want to use the excuse of my inability to look for a relative to achieve their goal.

View the full letter .pdf (112k)*

Postal Scam from Mrs. Doris Kula

An extract:

Dear Sir/Madam,

My Name is Mrs. Doris Kula; I know this will be a surprise to you. Please consider this letter as a request from a family in dares need of your help. I am the Wife of Mr. David Kula, from Darfour Sudan, My husband Mr. David Kula, was the owner of Omar Sea Food Industry in Darfour region and a Farm Land in Darfour region Sudan, the supplier of Central African Countries with sea food till the Government find out that Darfour region was rich on Oil and Mineral Resources which was discovered by an individual Group called Organization Rebel Movement.

View the full letter .pdf (100k)*

Scratch and win travel scam changes name once again to Parkland Holidays

Still using the same text content, just changing the name of the holiday and the images

Speech by the General Manager
Parklane Holidays is proud to bring you to a new level of tourism. As one of the leading organization in the tourism industry, our goal is to provide premier tours and a distinguished level of entertainment to our clients and guest globally. Incorporated in 2003, we have a long history of success and achievement unlike any other.
Since 2006 we have had an unrivalled number of guests from all corners of the world as we put more emphasis on service efficiency, unparalleled comfort and great value for money. Providing world class services to our clients and guest based on our commitment to quality, efficiency in delivery, coupled with the highest standard of integrity and ethics.
While coming into contact with the rest of the world, Parklane Holidays aims to step into the next generation of a creative and dynamic toruism industry. Most importantly, we'd like to thank you for all the support and gratitude placed upon us all these years.
View the full travel brochure .pdf (572k)*

Inheritance scam - Barrister Andrew Pedro Hughes Advogados

An exerpt from the letter:

Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of it's nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day.

My name is Barrister Andrew Pedro Hughes of Andrew Hughes Advogados. Actually; I got your contact information while searching for a last name similar to my late client Mr. Williams Churchhill (last name removed), an expatriate engineer who worked with the construction & Civil Engineering Company (Mota-Engil) in Portugal for thirty years. He was born in Wellington New Zealand & he died along with his family during a car Accident, which occurred on Sunday 21st December 2008.
View the full scam letter .pdf (112k)*

RED CROSS WARNS OF FAKE LETTERS

New Zealand Red Cross is warning the public to be on the lookout for a scam letter claiming to be from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The letter originates from France and is from a man who clams to be from the ICRC's Euro zone. It tells the recipient he has some vital information for them concerning an inheritance from a relative who has died and asks the person to call or email. The address at the bottom of the letter can be traced back to a hotel in Paris. New Zealand Red Cross is aware of three people in Christchurch, two in Auckland and one in Central Otago who have received the letter and says people should not respond.


An example of the scam letter follows:
Attention:

Dear

I'm Mr. Martin Zipa, in connection with the International Committee Red Cross humanitarian institution EURO ZONE.

I have some vital information for you, concerning an inheritance that belonged to a late relation of yours.

Contact me Via this Tel:+33 6429 74362 and Email: euro-humanitarian @ live.com, for comprehensive breakdown into this.

Kindest regards
MR. MARTIN ZIPA
View full letter .pdf (440k)*

Asia Pacific Travel and Red Bliss Travel - two more scratch and win travel scams

An exerpt from both travel brochures:

Speech by the General Manager
Asia Pacific Travelling is proud to bring you to a new level of tourism. As one of the leading organization in the tourism industry, our goal is to provide premier tours and a distinguished level of entertainment to our clients and guest globally. Incorporated in 2003, we have a long history of success and achievement unlike any other.
Since 2006 we have had an unrivalled number of guests from all corners of the world as we put more emphasis on service efficiency, unparalleled comfort and great value for money. Providing world class services to our clients and guest based on our commitment to quality, efficiency in delivery, coupled with the highest standard of integrity and ethics.
While coming into contact with the rest of the world, Asia Pacific Travelling aims to step into the next generation of a creative and dynamic toruism industry. Most importantly, we'd like to thank you for all the support and gratitude placed upon us all these years.

El Gordo International Lottery Program

An exerpt from the letter:

FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
REFERENCE N0: BC/05/839527139/012-ES
BATCH N0:BC1258209.

ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY

AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION
We are so pleased to inform you, the beneficiary of the EL GORDO INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM held on the 17th August, 2013. Due to the mixed up of numbers and names, the results were later released on the 27th Sept 2013. Your name was entered as an alternative number attached to Reference file Number: REFERENCE N0:BC/05/839527139/012-ES with batch file Number: BC1258209, which consequently won the lottery on the 3rd category.

European Lottery Guild


Special invitation for (name removed)

You are among a limited number of residents who have been selected for this exclusive entry opportunity to take advantage of the biggest and best Division One prizes in Europe.

You are pre-approved to take part in a British Lotto Syndicate that is strictly limited to only 8 shares. This ensures large dividends from all prize monies you win with your Syndicate in this massive national lotto.
Your entitlement also includes entry into three other major European games: the Spanish Lotto, German Lotto and Irish Lotto. You will participate in 100 sets of Division One Prize Pool Numbers in each lotto (as documented on reverse), giving you 100 extra winning chances in every draw.

You'll play for 8 weeks with available prize money worth up to NZ$428 Million. In total, you'll enter 64 draws, with an incredible 4,816 chances to win!

At less than 1 cent per winning chance, this special combination series offers outstanding entry value. Positions in our British Syndicates will fill quickly. Please respond within 10 days for fastest prize eligibility.
Complete your details on the attached Entry Form and return to ELG. A reply envelope is enclosed for your convenience.

Priority Processing Centre
Postbus55, 1500 EB Zaandam
THE NETHERLANDS

Malaysian Travel Brochure/Scratch card postal scam – another called Blue Topaz Tours


Malaysian Travel Brochure/Scratch card postal scam – further name change

We’ve had reports of this postal scam now operating under the names Absolute Traveling, Tropicana Holidays and Master of Travels.

Alberto Peters offers to transfer $15,500,000 to you

Attn: [Recipient details removed]


I write to you in good faith and trust that you will take a moment to consider the contents of this letter. I am Alberto Peters, Head Auditor Lloyds Finance Group. London, United Kingdom. In the course of my Job. I discovered a floating fund in an account which was opened in 1999 by Late Mr. K. P. [surname removed], who died in 2002. Every effort made to track any member of his family has since failed because the deceased died leaving no heir or a will in his file. I decided to contact you to stand as the next of kin since you share the same last name with him.

The motive behind this Letter is to facilitate the transfer of the sum of $15,500,000 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in the Investment Deposit to a safe account overseas. I therefore propose that you confidentially partner with me and stand in as the next of kin. You will be required to set up a new account or provide an existing account that will serve the purpose of receiving this fund. For your assistance in this venture, I will compensate you with 30% of the funds after the transaction.

Nobody has operated the account since 2002 till date and he died without an heir, no one has come forward for this claim, hence the money has been floating. This information I have on this account is confidential as no other person has access to it. If the funds are not remitted urgently, it would be forfeited and subsequently converted to company's funds which will benefit the company's shareholders only. The fund will be approved to you legally with all the necessary documents and approvals in your name. However, I will be behind the scene to guide you on how to apply for the funds.

Please respond through my direct fax numbers or email so that I can send you more detail on this proposition. I completely trust you to keep this information absolutely private because of my position in the Office. Kindly forward a copy of this letter back to me by fax or email and provide your Private Telephone and Fax numbers where I can reach you easily. I look forward to your prompt response.

Best regards
[indecipherable signature]
Alberto Peters.
Lloyds Finance Group, London, UK
Private Direct Tel: +447511587606
Fax: +44807620889
Email: alberto peters @ yahoo co uk

Akasha Holiday scam

We have received a number of reports about the Akasha Holiday brochures and scratch cards. These are presented in the same manner as other such holiday / tourism brochures and scratch cards as Summit Travelling, Hunt Your Holiday, Suitted Tours, Embrace Holidays, Comfy Holidays, Abadu Holidays, Everlast Holidays, Woods Tourism Malaysia, Mas Odyssey and Ravine Travel.


This is a scam operation that offers 2nd prize of $170,000 (USD). However, in order to claim the prize, the scammers ask for a certain amount of money to either clear taxes or other administration / shipping fees. People who engage with such a scam will end up losing money, with no “prize” at the end.

The scratch card (example below) asks for your personal details such as name, age, occupation and address, and tells you to contact Akasha Holidays by phone or website.

Various prize scratch holiday scams

The Abadi Holiday scams (more information below) seem to have changed names a lot again recently, we’ve had complaints about the following holiday/2nd prize scratch ticket company names: Comfy Holidays, Embrace Holidays, Suitted Tours, Hunt You Holiday, and Summit Travelling.


Richard Jones from Prizemasters International offers you the chance to win $4,000,000

Beware of lottery scams claiming to come from Australia and offering you the chance to win $4,000,000, with a further chance to win a larger prize of $16,000,000 if you pay $25. The letter is a scam and may also come with scratch cards featuring dice. The sender is listed as Richard Jones from Prizemasters International also known as Australian 6/45 Lotto.

Scratch and win tickets from Colourful Holidays

I have received 2x Scratch and Win tickets in the mail from a group called Colourful Holiday. It requires winners of prizes to make contact by phone with numbers being +6011-2673 5134 / +6011-2673 5135 for further assistance or, for more details of the event to log on to www colourfulholiday com. Their email address as outlined on the ticket is info @ colourfulholiday com.


Scratch card travel scams from Everlast Holidays, Woods Tourism Malaysia, Mas Odyssey, Ravine Travel, and Abadi Holidays

The scratch card travel scam from Abadi Holidays (listed below) been re-invented with new company names, changing from Abadi Holidays to Woods Tourism Malaysia, Mas Odyssey, and Ravine Travel. These often include a promotional pamphlet along with one or two scratch cards. One of the scratch cards indicate that the recipient has won 2nd prize, for an amount in US dollars.

A postal scam from Andrew Walker, an 'attorney' whose client died and left behind a fortune:

"Dear ……..


I am Andrew Walker a solicitor at law for (Umpire Solicitor) I am the personal attorney/sole executor for the late Mr Gerald Case deceased, hereinafter referred to ‘my client’ who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and died in a plane crash with his immediate family in December 2008.

Since the death of my client, I have written several letters to the embassy with the intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and such efforts have been to no avail. MORE-SO, I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited a notably high amount of money.

On this note I decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear the same last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the “trustee” bank as my late clients surviving family member so as to enable you to put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin to my client. I find this possible for the fuller reasons that you bear same last name with my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim in that capacity. I propose that 40% of the net sum of 6,000,00.00 (Six Million and Two Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) will accrue to you at the conclusion of this deal in so far as I do not incur further expenses. I will fill you in with further details and my personal cell phone number upon your reply. Please reply back with immediate effect and I also want you to keep this secret to yourself.

THEREFORE, to facilitate the immediate transfer of these funds, you need, first to contact me via my private e-mail: (barristerandrewwalker @ yahoo co uk)_or my direct telephone number as follows: 0044-744-3285-676 for better confidentiality, signifying your interest and as soon as I obtain your confidence I will immediately contact you with details and needed documents, with which you are to proceed and I shall direct you on how to put up an application to the bank.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send you by fax or E-mail the next step to take. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears.

Please be kind to get back to me if you are not interested so that I can further my search for another partner. Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this.

Yours Sincerely

Andrew Walker (QC)"

Scratch card travel scam from Abadi Holidays:

We’ve had a flood of complaints from members of the public about 'Abadi Holidays'. People are receiving Abadi Holidays brochures in the post, offering them the chance to scratch and win. Everyone I’ve spoken to says they 'win' the same second prize of $170,000 and many have contacted and corresponded with the senders. They are usually told that the winnings were not meant for them, but that the Abadi company representative will go away and check with their supervisor to see if the recipient could be made eligible. Abadi then ring back sometime later to say that they’ve been given the all clear, however a small fee will need to be paid for to access the winnings.

I received a form from the World Trade Centre (worldtraceregister net), offering my company the opportunity to register for free on the World Trade Register. View the form .pdf (76k)*
Believing this service to be free of charge, I completed the application form and submitted it, then I received invoices for EUR 995 for a one year subscription.
I disputed this and was told that by signing the application form and returning it, I agreed to be on the World Trade Register for 3 years at a cost of WUR995 per annum, which I again disputed and cancelled my request.
I also note that there is no reference to my company on the internet through World Trade Register.
Despite all of this, I keep receiving invoices and threats of legal action. Below are the documents we have received from EXPOGuide. They appear to be doing the rounds again and have copies of contracts that could be deemed real as the signature does seem authentic – although in our case that signature was a previous principal and she had left the school before that date. On Monday 18 March I received an envelope posted in Malaysia on 13 March. Inside was a glossy brochure celebrating the 9th Anniversary of a travel agency called “Tunes to Travel” apparently based in Malaysia. It has this web-site: www tunestotravel com/index html. In addition to the brochure were two professionally produced “complimentary scratch cards”. I scratched them. One just said “Thank You” and the second said: “2nd Prize USD 160,000.00”. On the card were two telephone numbers in Malaysia to call in the event of having won a prize. Alternatively one could log on to their web-site. But that is not possible without ‘registering’ first. And ‘registering’ is not possible without having a ‘Member Code’!

Now, despite my earlier experience with ‘winning’ a lovely ‘2nd prize’ in the Yonping phone scam this was a sufficiently convincing scenario for me that I ‘phoned the number on the ticket. I made contact with someone who called himself “Carlos” although I told him he sounded Chinese. He agreed but said that he had a Filipino father. Anyway, Carlos expressed some surprise that someone in NZ had won this substantial second prize. He got me to scan both sides of the winning ticket and send the images to him at carlos.tay tunestotravel.com so that the barcode could be analysed by their specialists to ensure that my ticket was genuine.On the winning ticket I had entered my name and address and my age. But I could not enter a “Client’s Number” as I didn’t have one.

On Wednesday lunchtime he called me to tell me that my ticket had been verified as genuine and to ask me for my Client’s Number. I told him I didn’t have one. He expressed surprise that I had received these tickets as they were supposed only to go to members! However, he said he would consult with the sponsors of this promotion to see if I could qualify in some other way. The sponsors he referred to were “Jimmy & Amber Holdings”: www jaholdings hk com eng index html

He called back later to say that he was still in negotiations over this problem. Finally, last night he 'phoned me to say that they had resolved the problem of my non-membership because many brochures had been sent out to “Guests” and so I must have been one of these. Because of this they needed to complete a form to validate my ticket for the sponsors. He asked for an Id, such as Driver’s Licence. I refused. This displeased him. I explained that I was reluctant to give out any private information either over the ‘phone or the Net. He then asked for a bank account number for the prize to be transferred into. I again refused and asked why he couldn’t arrange for a cheque or a Bank Draft to be sent. Now he really got shirty and said I was being offensive by casting doubt on his trustworthiness! I said this was nonsense as I was simply being cautious. But then I said that if this was a genuine prize it should be possible for them to have a cheque presented to me by an agent or representative here in NZ where he had said they were about to open new offices.

At that point he stated quite bluntly that I gave him no option but to cancel the prize. I called him a fraud and told him to ..... ! And that was the end of the call. Hi, I received the Andreas Peterson / Alexis Peters letter and I thought out of interest I would send them a fax as requested and see what happened next.

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Electronic Messaging Compliance received information regarding a postal scam involving Expo-Guide in Mexico. Scammers are contacting organisations who attended Hamilton Fieldays to say that they have requested insertion in Expo-Guide and request payment of an invoice for USD $1,571.00. The organisers of Fieldays have placed a warning on their website and in the Exhibitor Handbook regarding this and other scams. There are also a number of postings on the Internet regarding this Expo-Guide scam.

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