A Case Study
A New Twist - Here's a Check
The Prize You Win
The Canadian connection
The Swiss Connection
The Psychic Connection
What can victims do?
The Bottom Line
A number of frauds appear to have landed in Switzerland.
One scam perpetrated by B.I.A.G./Capital Léon S.A. involved three
official-looking mailing from B.I.A.G. (also known as Capital Léon S.A.) indicating that
you are eligible to receive one of three "unclaimed prizes" in a "huge
international tombola". For a small fee, they will send you one of the
prizes (A new Toyota Celica, a widescreen Phillips TV, or a sealed
envelope containing a cash value of $800.00).
A mailing from
"Tina Farel", a Swiss "psychic" who had a vision that you received the
previous mailing, and letting you know that you have won the "envelope
with a cash value". In addition, for a
small fee ($29.99), she will
activate a Neo-Stellar Spectral Conjunction on your behalf, guaranteeing
to improve the quality of your wretched life.
official-looking notification from T.C.I. (coincidentally, the same Capital Léon S.A.) indicating
that a shipment of a "large sealed and protected envelope containing a
cash value of $800.00 which constitutes prize No. 248 won following a
random draw from the B.I.A.G. offices" is being held for you, and it will
be released for a small fee ($24.99).
By the time you
have responded to all three of these mailings, you will have spent $90.00
for an envelope stuffed with worthless coupons (remember, everywhere it says
"cash value", not "cash".) Perhaps you can save $800.00 by using them
all, but you'd have to spend thousands to do it.
Be smart! Avoid worthless solicitations
of this nature like the plague! Never respond, or you'll find yourself
inundated with hundreds of similar offers.