Is Global International a scam? The answer is yes, this place is a scam and they have been operating for many years now, scamming an unknown amount of individuals out of thousands upon thousands of dollars.
In this review I will be going over why this place is a scam and how it operates. I don’t have the complete full picture, because there really isn’t any great source of information on this scam, but I have done a good bit of research and talk bits and pieces of information from various sources for this review.
If you did receive a call, email, or fax about weighing some sweepstakes drawing or lottery drawing from this place then you are going to want to stop right now and read over this review before doing anything. DO NOT SEND THEM ANY MONEY. You will see why I am saying this in a minute.
Global International Review
The Global International the scam’s official name seems to be GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES AND LOTTERY INC. however, based on my research this place is going under a variety of other names as well, such as Global Company International Lottery and Global International Lottery.
Most of what I have found shows that the scam is operating out of Kingston Jamaica, however I read one review from someone who was pretty convinced that it was actually operating out of Las Vegas. So maybe there are two different scams going on using the same name or maybe they are interconnected in a way… Who knows?
Most people talk about being contacted by someone with a Jamaican accent that speaks rather poor English. The fact that someone like this is calling you to tell you you went a large sum of money should be the first red flag that raises suspicion. A legitimate sweepstakes and lottery company is not going to be having someone who speaks poor English making phone calls to alert winners of their winnings.
But anyways… Below I will go over how this scam is working.
How The Scam Works
Upon initial contact they will tell you that you want some massive amount of money or maybe even something like a luxury car from their recent sweepstakes drawing or lottery drawing. There are different ways in which they contact people. It could be by phone, by email, or even by fax, which seems really strange but I have read about someone being contacted via fax.
Talk about how you are super lucky and try to get you all excited for claiming this massive prize that you supposedly just went. They will tell you that it is waiting for you and that all you have to do is claim it… But of course this involves more than just giving them your address so that they can send it to you.
They are going to require you send someone money… After all… This is a scam. They have to get your money somehow, right?
What they require that you do is take out a money order and send this is someone. I have heard several different stories about why they say they are requiring this. From what it seems, most of the time they tell you to send money to some relative and it usually starts out anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars or so.
They will do all that they can to try to show you that what is going on is legitimate. They might send you documents that are supposed to be proof of your winnings, and according to one source they even might arrange to meet you at a bank to give you the check you supposedly just won.
Doesn’t Make Any Sense
If you just take a second to think about what is going on here you will realize that the entire situation really makes no sense. Why do they need you to send in money to them? If you just won a boatload of cash like they tell you… Why can they not just take a cut out of it?
This makes absolutely no sense and is a major red flag. No legitimate sweepstakes/lottery opportunity is going to require you to send in money in order to claim the money you just won.
Real Life Example Of This Scam
One of the most extreme examples I have found of this scam comes from a posting on the website ScamBook.com. The man that was scammed supposedly lost around 1/2 million dollars in total… Which is an insane amount of money.
The man was contacted via phone by another man named “George Shaw” who claimed to be the managing director Ian the general administrator of the Global International company. He told him that he won $2 million at the end to a Mercedes-Benz.
Originally the fee to claim the prize was set at only $400, which he sent in as fast as possible. However… Things took a turn for the worse and over the course of a year he was continually asked to pay fees upon fees, which amounted to over $90,000 in fees total.
He was given all sorts of run-around stories and was eventually led into another scam, which was probably really the same scam, which cost him even more money.
The story was horrific because this elderly man got scammed out of nearly all his life savings and in many cases like this the money is never recovered. When it comes to international scams, there is very little chance that you will ever get your money back, but of course this depends on how you chose to pay and things like that.
How To Avoid Sweepstakes Scams Like This
This is far from the only lottery or sweepstakes scam that is out there. There are many of them all over the world and if you want to be safe and avoid them in the future, you need to know what to look out for. A few things that you should always do, or never do after being contacted about winning some prize include the following…
- Never send in money – As I mentioned earlier, a legitimate lottery/sweepstakes company is going to require you to send in money in order to claim your prize. This just makes no sense and is a sure sign of a scam.
- Always look into the company – If the company is a place you never heard of then be sure to look into it more. If you are able to, hop on the computer and do some Google searches. There is lots of information about this particular sweepstakes/lottery scam all over the place online and many of the people that have gone scams could have easily avoided it had they done the proper research beforehand.
- Proceed with caution – These scams try to get you all excited so that you make bad decisions. Stay calm and proceed with caution. Now you know that there are potential scams out there and that not everyone that tells you that you have one money is telling the truth. So stay calm, keep a level head, and use your best judgment when moving forward.
- Verify any information they send you – If they send you any sort of information that you are able to look into more and verify, do it! If they send you documents that supposedly showed proof of your winnings, look into these more to make sure everything checks out. Always, always, always verify any information you can.
Something else I want to mention is that you should always use common sense, of course… It’s not like you didn’t already know this. But the reason I’m saying this is because some of the people that have been scammed from places like Global International or on a different planet at the time they got scammed. If a lottery/sweepstakes company tells you that you want a bunch of money and you don’t even remember entering any contest or buying any sort of lottery ticket… Then it is a sure scam. Some of the people being scammed just get too excited and caught up in the moment, which leads to them not even realizing that it would be impossible for them to win anything since they never entered in the first place.
Global International is a nasty scam that unfortunately is probably going to continue. Scams like this are always going to exist and if it is not Global International then it will just be different one. No one can fully protect you from scams except for yourself. Sure… Law enforcement is there to protect us, but they can’t work miracles and is particularly difficult for them to stop scams that are international like this.
Anyways just I hope you enjoyed this review and found at least somewhat helpful. I hope you are reading this before getting scammed and actually losing any money. If you have any questions or comments just leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂