ScamWatch: woman loses in lottery scam

Sad news from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:

A Brooklyn-area woman is out more than $125,000 primarily as a result of a “lottery winner” scam that had her sending money to faraway locations, mostly Canada and Jamaica.

The elderly woman wired or sent money through Western Union or by MoneyGram as payment for taxes or other fines or fees she was told she had to pay in order to receive her winnings, Columbia Township Police Chief David Elwell said. She sent payments more than 100 times dating back to about March 2008, sometimes as much as $7,000, Elwell said.

It is unlikely she will get back her money, he said.

As we’ve said before, watch out for any foreign lottery offer – or any foreign person you don’t know personally asking for money.

If it sounds too good to be true…well, you know the rest.

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