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Has Tony Called You? Did you Win $250,000! UPDATE
Written by Brenda Grundt   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:21

5:55 p.m. Tony called!


On a beautiful clear connection from Reno, Nevada (that is where the phone number is from), he explained that I would have to send the money to a Mrs. Rosalinda Padua at 39 Bamford Crescent, Toronto, Ontario  M3N 1T7. I took the liberty of using Google Maps to check it out. Looks like a house to me, certainly not a business.


So, Tony wants to give my Gramma $250,000, a basket of magazines, a bouquet of flowers and a briefcase with a check inside worth $250,000. But, only if I send the money. As it is too late to do that tonight, I told him the post office closed at 5, so it would have to be tomorrow morning as I take my child to school. He should receive it Monday then.


What should I do?


I called the OPP in North Bay. Unfortunately, as a fraud has not yet been committed - there is nothing they can do. And if I had actually sent the money, I'd be forwarded to the Anti-Fraud Centre.


Here I was thinking that by getting an address, something could happen. No such luck. Half of me would love nothing better than to send them a small parcel of the landmines in the backyard from my dogs... But that would be shipping hazardous waste. Doggone it. Maybe I'll send them a clipping of this story on Wawa-news?, via registered mail...


So I'm asking all my readers to share this story far and wide. With everyone!


Who knows who might pick up the phone, and be thrilled to find out that they won $250,000! I know I would be thrilled, and just in time for Christmas! Spending a mere $500 to get it wouldn't be a bad deal. I buy those LotoMAX tickets all the time - and don't win anything. At least this time they say I won, right?


These calls happen all the time, and they are inventive, looking at just the way to hook you in. So be careful when you hear something like this - if it's too good to be true, it's probably a scam.  


EARLIER (14:21): A local resident just called me to tell me that she had just won $250,000 at a quarter to one today!


I offered my congratulations, and she told me that she could have been a victim of telephone fraud. She called the OPP (North Bay), and they referred her to the Anti-Fraud Centre.


She explained what happened. She had receved a phone call, and Tony (Tony A. Lawrence) at 775-410-7109 told her that she had won a basket of magazines, a bouquet of flowers, and a leather briefcase. Inside that leather briefcase would be a check for $250,000. However, to get that parcel, she would have to send them a Moneygram or Money order for $500.


I called Tony, with a very poor connection, he explained that my gramma had indeed won. When I explained that she was on a pension, and I would help her out, so that she could collect her prize, he said that I would have to use Canada Post. He is going to get hold of the "merchandise banker" for Toronto, Ontario or the other in Amford, Texas. I'm not sure of the location in Texas because the connection was so poor. 


He took my phone number and said he would get that information to me. That was at 1:30 p.m.


By 1:55 p.m. he had called my "gramma", and he reassured her that this prize was on the up and up... She said again that she would need help to pay the fee, so he said he'd call back.....


If you get a call from Tony... hang up! You didn't win, and if you do send money - you will lose it. If Tony calls your house, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and tell them. 


By the way, talk to your elders about telephone fraud. Tell them to call you if one of their nieces or nephews has been arrested and needs bail; about the prize they won. These people will tell you anything they can to get your money, and they can sound very convincing.


From the Canadian Anti-Fraud Website

How Can I Recognize a Scam?

  1. It sounds too good to be true

    You've won a big prize in a contest that you don't recall entering. You're offered a once-in-a-lifetime investment that offers a huge return. You're told that you can buy into a lottery ticket pool that cannot lose.

  2. You must pay or you can't play

    "You’re a winner!" but you must agree to send money to the caller in order to pay for delivery, processing, taxes, duties or some other fee in order to receive your prize. Sometimes the caller will even send a courier to pick up your money.

  3. You must give them your private financial information

    The caller asks for all your confidential banking and/or credit card information. Honest businesses do not require these details unless you are using that specific method of payment.

  4. Will that be cash... or cash?

    Often criminal telemarketers ask you to send cash or a money order, rather than a cheque or credit card. Cash is untraceable and can't be cancelled. And, crooks also have difficulty in establishing themselves as merchants with legitimate credit card companies.

  5. The caller is more excited than you are

    The crooks want to get you excited about this "opportunity" so that you won't be able to think clearly.

  6. The manager is calling

    The person calling claims to be a government official, tax officer, banking official, lawyer or some other person in authority. The person calls you by your first name and asks you a lot of personal or lifestyle questions (like how often do your grown children visit you).

  7. The stranger calling wants to become your best friend

    Criminals love finding out if you're lonely and willing to talk. Once they know that, they'll try to convince you that they are your friend – after all, we don't normally suspect our friends of being crooks.

  8. It's a limited opportunity and you're going to miss out

    If you are pressured to make a big purchase decision immediately, it's probably not a legitimate deal. Real businesses or charities will give you a chance to check them out or think about it.



What can I do to protect myself?

Remember, legitimate telemarketers have nothing to hide

  • However, criminals will say anything to part you from your hard-earned money.
  • Be cautious. You have the right to check out any caller by requesting written information, a call back number, references and time to think over the offer.


Legitimate business people will be happy to provide you with that information. After all, they want the "bad guys" out of business too. Always be careful about providing confidential personal information, especially banking or credit card details, unless you are certain the company is legitimate. And, if you have doubts about a caller, your best defence is to simply hang up. It's not rude – it's smart.

If you're in doubt, it's wise to ask the advice of a close friend or relative, or even your banker. Rely on people you can trust. Remember, you can Stop Phone Fraud - Just Hang Up!

I suspect that a relative or friend is being targeted by unscrupulous telemarketers. What can I do?

Watch for any of these warning signs

  • A marked increase in the amount of mail with too-good-to-be-true offers.
  • Frequent calls offering get-rich-quick schemes or valuable awards, or numerous calls for donations to unfamiliar charities.
  • A sudden inability to pay normal bills.
  • Requests for loans or cash.
  • Banking records that show cheques or withdrawals made to unfamiliar companies.
  • Secretive behaviour regarding phone calls.


If you suspect that someone you know has fallen prey to a deceptive telemarketer, don't criticize them for being naïve. Encourage that person to share their concerns with you about unsolicited calls or any new business or charitable dealings. Assure them that it is not rude to hang up on suspicious calls. Keep in mind that criminal telemarketers are relentless in hounding people – some victims report receiving 5 or more calls a day, wearing down their resistance. And, once a person has succumbed to this ruthless fraud, their name and number will likely go on a "sucker list", which is sold from one crook to another.





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