Beware of lottery scam

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The Haldimand County OPP is investigating a lottery fraud scheme after a resident was taken for $140,000.

Officers arrived at a York address in Haldimand County on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7:46 p.m. They learned that in March 2018, the victim was told they had won US$1.4 million in a Powerball lottery.

The fraudster directed the victim to pay 20 per cent of the winnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as per government regulations.

The victim made payments starting in March that have accumulated to $140,000 before a family member noticed the transactions and contacted police.

“It’s not always easy to spot a scam, and new ones are invented every day,” says Const. Rod LeClair.

“If you suspect you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone.”

To report a fraud, or need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca

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