I lost $3,000 because I believed that I had won a sum of $47,000 in a random ballot sweepstakes draw. The ATP Financial Group sent me a letter all the way from America, despite me being in Australia.
It said that I was the lucky winner of a large amount of cash. BUT, in order to access my prize I had to pay for the transfer, which was just under $3,000. I called the consultant they provided, Cynthia Jacobs, and she explained the whole scenario to me.
Then took my credit card details over the phone. After that they disappeared and I never heard from them again.
Monetary Loss: $3000.