Pacific Trust & Co Informative - Sweepstake/Lottery Scams
I was recently scammed by Pacific Trust & Co. out of Kent, WA. they sent me a check stating i won some money and the check enclosed was for the bond & tax fee to be paid for my winnings. so i deposited the check and unfortunately due to the teller at my ex-bank (bank of america) i was told the check was cleared so thinking that i was using the other peoples money i ended up wiring them $3,500.00 to see if this was for real. well like i said due to the bank error which is a whole nother story. i proceeded to call the pacific back but no answer to my calls until 2 days later when they wanted another $900.00 wired to them for border fees. apparently my winnings were now held up at the border and to let it enter the U.S. i had to pay the $900.00 for custom taxes so my check could cross the border and be sent to me. well this is all a joke. luckily i didn't send them the additional money which would have been out of my pocket like the $3,500.00 i sent when i was under the impression i was using there money. truth of the matter it ended up being my money used thanks to the wonderful bank telling me the check cleared and was deposited to my account when in fact 2 days later my bank tells me the check has been returned and i am now out my $3,500.00 thanks to me being a valued client by my bank who ok'd the deposit before it officially cleared with the maker of the check. which i have discovered was a fake cashier check you are sent and asked to deposit then wire to the company the money back to pay for the bond, tax and insurance to receive your winnings which yes i was stupidly sucked up but even more by my bank cuz i would never have sent my money! anyways i have tried and tried to get ahold of Pacific Trust & Co. numerous times to ask for my money back and do you think i can get ahold of them now? oh hell no!!! i must say it sucks to be stupid let alone lose out on money leaving me only $200.00 in the bank with rent due, kid had to go to emergency room, needed groceries and medicine and being a single mom. so please learn from my mistake and see good fortune coming to you from some stupid lottery or sweepstakes like i did, it does get very costly when you don't have money and you lose what little you did have. i now have a huge medical bill to pay, couldn't pay my rent and now being forced to move with no money or especially a place to live with my son. seriously please don't be fooled or think you just won a life for you and your child which in return you lose your life let alone your childs life.