You can watch your sweepstakes through Wynfel Advisory Services for $20

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller

When Paul, from Shelley, opened the envelope he was flush with excitement. To get his $1.2 million recovery check, all he had to do was send in $19.99.

“Hey, if it only costs me 20 bucks, why shouldn’t I do it,” he says.

If it was only so simple. The fact you send in the cash to get your prize may trigger a series of events. In this case, Wynfel Advisory Services promised unreleased money and for a fee the company would find that money and return it to Paul.

“Recovery” firms charge advance fees between $100 and several thousand dollars for a service consumers may get for free. The firms may telephone and send letters to the companies to which you lost money, requesting refunds on your behalf.

The firms may also contact government agencies and the BBB, requesting their help in resolving your complaint.

You may ask yourself how the company obtained knowledge you lost money to a sweepstakes company.
These recovery agencies are not vouched by or connected with any government agency or Better Business Bureau. BBB does not process complaints filed by these firms.
BBB advises against paying an advance fee. Licensed collection agencies charge clients for their services only AFTER the debt has been collected. Consumers may get the service these companies offer for free, through their own efforts of filing complaints with government agencies the Better Business Bureau.
Bureau experience has found that in many instances, the companies to which consumers lost money have closed, making it impossible for consumers to recover their original investment.
BBB advises against sending money or checks by wire services, such as Western Union, to people claiming to be private attorneys or from government agencies. No government agency requires consumers to pay for restitution monies acquired by law suits; these agencies are funded by your state and federal tax dollars.
Some companies and people contact consumers and misrepresent themselves as lawyers who have won a class action suit against the firm to which the consumer lost money. The caller claims in order for the consumer to collect restitution, s/he must pay the lawyer a fee.
To date, BBB’s experience shows only government agencies are successful in obtaining restitution for consumers with a lawsuit.
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One response to “You can watch your sweepstakes through Wynfel Advisory Services for $20

  1. Mark Burrows

    We have a service here in Canada that aids Canadians that have won large amounts of monies in Nevada or any other state that has high jackpot casinos. The situation is this, the IRS are required by law to collect their lion’s share of your winnings Johnny On The Spot. The fact is, they can not tax vacationing foreigners. They can tax non citizens that are there on a working visa, overstayed beyond a visitors visa, or has claimed landed immigrant status. For this very reason American casinos collect taxes immediately. We upon returning to country of origin have to make application to recover those taxed funds. Then of course when we get them, they are considered income and subjected to our own tax system as it is with the initial windfall we return with. Oddly, lotteries and winnings in Canadian casinos which are not really high stakes are tax free because the lotteries and casino are all operated by one single commission that is blessed by all levels of government because they are non profit that pays out to charitable interests mostly to health needs, hospital equipment, medical research, and health technology.
    Most people do not pursue their tax winnings from the States, with the false belief that adding that amount of money would put them into a higher earning bracket and lessen the tax relief they receive. As always there are ways around such things, and sub forms to send in with your income tax claim. The irony is that most of this information is not that well known. Governments provide all kinds of benefits and services, but the less it is talked about, the less they hand out. It is as simple as this, ignorance is profitable.

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