Coast Capital Financial Services

The Purpose of this post is to ALERT you that the job you are about to apply for or may scamalert2have applied FOR or is CONSIDERING APPLYING FOR is FRAUDULENT. The identities of individuals or a business entity have been stolen along with fund from their bank accounts.

These job postings are an attempt to lure you into accepting wire transfers and cashing counterfeit checks into your bank accounts. You are being recruited to wire transfer these funds via WESTERN UNION or MONEYGRAM from your bank into a DOMESTIC BANK or OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNT.

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I received a typed unsigned letter from Paul Morgan, Promotion Manager with Coast Capital Financial Services with an address at 1350 Lonsdale Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. The envelope did not have any return address but the stamps indicated it was mailed from Ireland.

The letter indicated that I was a 2nd prize winner in the 2nd category of the USA Mega draw, and assigned me the numbers 51-20-26-37-40, and that I won $255,000.00. Enclosed with the letter was a check from

The Wasserstrom Company
477 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215

in the amount of $4,685.00 to “help pay for the processing fee” of $3,950.00 drawn on the Huntington National Bank, Columbus, OH 43219.

According to the letter, I was not to act until I contacted my assigned claim agent named Allen Johnson at 1-604-367-6567 Monday-Friday 10 a.m-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to start the claim processing and activation of the check.

I needed to sign the bottom part of the letter and provide my name, address and give to the representative AFTER I received the rest of the $255,000.00 check.

This is a scam. With an envelope having stamps from Ireland, an unsigned letter from some company in Los Angeles, CA, a 604 area code indicating the contact number was Canadian, and a check drawn on a company in Columbus, OH, this raised red flags for me.

I contacted The Wasserstrom Company, a restaurant supplier, and the representative informed me that this is a massive scam, and they are working with appropriate authorities to find the culprits and eliminate this scam that’s involved their company.

Please do not attempt to cash this check. Let me reiterate: this is a scam. By participating, you will hurt yourself financially.

Coast Capital Financial Services
1350 Lonsdale Street
Los Angeles California 90015
United States of America


6 thoughts on “Coast Capital Financial Services

  1. nbamfor says:

    I received the same letter but the clain agent is “Allen Nelson” 1604-761-0340 and signed by Sarah martins [not capitalized] Promotion Manger. Winning $355,000; enclosed a check for $4,650 to help cover processing free of $3850. The sad part of these scams are they hit people who have lost FT jobs, have only PT at reduced pay from previous employment, so they hit us at our most vulnerable time and place.

  2. JudithAnn Waldrop Townsend says:

    I received a letter today with a check for $3,455.00 same identical wording was used as in letters above. The check is on the Huntington National Bank in Columbus, OH and drawn on the Wasserstrom Company. Sure was hoping for my $250,000! OH DARN!!!!! Where do these people get my name???

  3. Helen N Lauer says:

    I received the same type of letter dated 09/17/2012 from South Africa with two stamps postage on it and no return address, (i work for the postal office) this becomes a suspicious mail. It’s almost exact wordings from the 2nd reporter only this one I’m also one of the second winner in the second category of the European, African, and USA Consumer sweepstakes.

    The winning serial # is 71974 and it should win me a $250,000.00. This Sure Financial services (An Independent body) is assigned by the sweepstakes organization to inform and direct all the winners in receiving such winnings.

    There a note: WE DO NOT NEED YOUR BANKING DETAILS AT ANYTIME AND DO NOT DISCLOSE IT TO ANYONE AT ALL. Payment of your winning prize money will be made by a CERTIFIED CHECK and will be brought to you in person by our directors and special courier company.

    They enclosed a check of $3,455.00 but the I have to pay the processing fee of $3,100. Furthermore, I am advised to contact my assigned claim agent David Akuwadik @ 1-877-945-4294 or 1-877-855-1760, M-F- 9am-5pm or start your claim processing to activate your check.

    In addition, it says, Please adhere to these instructions: Please do not act on this notice until you contact your claims agent to avoid cases of misappropriation and mishandling of prize monies.

    A congratulations from Ms. Celine Chalker, Promotion Manager.

    The check return address is FOOTMAXX of VIRGINIA, INC, P. O. Box 12611, Roanoke, VA 24027-2611. The bank is WACHOVIA, 201 S Jefferson, 2nd Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011-1706; check #17473. Valid for 90 days and the numbers written at the bottom of the check is 017473; 051400549: 2000055569109.

    Hope there’s an effort made to catch these bad guys.

  4. THEReporter says:

    Received a letter a week ago showing a claim number GF-647-513-CA saying I had won a second prize in the second category of the USA Mega draw held on June 10th, 2012 (I know I never even entered a sweepstakes). Serial # is 2923534 and they enclosed what looked like a check in the amount of $4,685.00 supposedly to cover the processing fee of $3,950.00 which I needed to send, after speaking with the claim agent Mark Benson@011-34-603-220-500. Anytime someone asks for a processing fee, the red flags go up.

    This has scam written all over it! The business name on this so-called check is

    Footmaxx of Virginia,Inc.
    P.O.Box 12611 Roanoke, VA 24027-2611

    and the Bank name shown on the check is
    201 S. Jefferson, 2nd Floor,
    Roanoke, VA 24011-1706. The Check # 15577

    and the # to deposit it is 68-54/514.

    The routing and acct # 015577 051400549 2000055569109.

    I’m certain that there is no such account.

    The instructions state to contact Mark Benson, with a NOTE: Please do not act on this notice until you contact your claim agent to avoid cases of misappropriation and mishandling of winning.

    Below that was “We are very pleased and excited for you.
    Then the typed Name,

    Paul Morgan
    Promotion Manager,

    I’ve seen this exact letter mentioned on another internet site that reports scams.

  5. THEReporter says:

    Received letter from Coast Capital Financial Services that confirmed that I was a 2nd prize winner in the second category of the USA Mega (under the international Sweepstake) draw held on June 10, 2012.

    The serial number attached to my name matched the first five lucky numbers and subsequently I won $255,000.

    Enclosed was a check for $4,685.00 to pay for the processing fee of $3,950.00. I was to contact Allen Johnson to activate my check. There was a note to please not act on this notice until I had contacted Mr. Johnson to avoid cases of misappropriation and mishandling of winning.

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