Mega Bucks Promotional Scam
I, Stephanie De Leon, am writing to you about a scam commited on my sons father, Clint Parisien. He recieved a letter along with a check for $5,289, in the mail from "Mega Bucks Promotional" stating that he'd won a "sweepstakes draw" and was qualified to receive the amount of Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars. The check was an insurance towards the$200,00.00 grand prize.
It then asked him to contact their "Customer Care Representitive, Chris Ayala, at the prize distribution department for additional information on processing of 'his' claim and activation of the check enclosed at 1-778-859-5987". There are 2 other numbers that they call from, they are 1-778-323-6788, and 1-912-330-4479.
After speaking to a representitive, name unknown, he was told to deposit the check into his checking account. Then send two money gram orders for $2,995.50, with a $170 fee and another for $1,505 with a $140 fee to Jevonna Spencer at 231 Newson Killen, TX 76541. After this was done he would be recieveing the "prize money".
Clint deposited the money to his Chase Checking Account on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The check cleared the next day. It wasnt until Saturday, Novemeber 5, 2011, that a problem with his funds occured. Clint attempted to use his card, when he realized his account was closed. Chase failed to contact Clint letting him know there was a problem with the check and the account was closed.
He called Chase and was given a run around to different departments and no one was able to give him an explantaion to why both his Checkings and Savings were reading negative. After speaking to numerous people, he was told that he deposited a fraud check and that his account was being closed. The money in his checkings and savings would be used to cover the fees owed.
Clint attempted to contact "Mega Bucks Promotional" and was also given a run around, wasnt given a valid explaination, and was even hung up on by Mr. "Chris Ayala".
Clint also went into a Chase branch and explained what "Lost Prevention" told him. The branch manager then called her supervisor who stated Chase could notdo anything for him and that he could not open another account with the bank.
Clints Checking account was a Joint Checking with my name and accounts linked to it. On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, my checkings and savings account read $0. Again, Chase failed to notify me that the money was being taken out my account. It wasnt until I attempted to use my debit card that I realized there was a problem with my account. When I called Chase, I was given the same run around as Clint.
After being transfered about four times, I was told about the check situation and told that there was absolutely nothing that Chase could do to help, that we (Clint and I) violated our Chase agreement and that the money was being taken out to cover the money that was withdrawn and any additional fees.
Clint and I now have no money in our account nor in our pockets. Clint right now is unemployed and I am the sole provider for our family, including him, myslef and our 1 year old son. Can you please help us? Not only was Clint scammed but then Chase just assumed Clint was apart of this fraud. Chase claims they have fraud protection but compeletly ignored our explanation and shut us out.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this.
Stephanie De Leon