03/01/07 07-026

03/01/07 07-026

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March 01, 2007


Canadian Lottery Scam Claims Recent Victims

San Francisco Police are alerting the public to a recent lottery scam involving a purported Canadian lottery that has recently claimed two more victims. The victims, two San Francisco women in their 70s, were contacted by telephone from persons purporting to represent a Canadian lottery. In each case, the victims were told they had won a million dollars but had to pay tax due before receiving the winnings. The two victims mailed checks amounting to a total of $67,000. The winnings never arrived.

Citizens are reminded to be immediately wary of any telephone caller, letter or e-mail from a representative of a foreign lottery organization announcing winnings that require a payment for taxes before the money can be delivered. If a person receives a foreign lottery letter, phone call or e-mail, he or she:

  • Should contact the Fraud Section of the SFPD.
  • Contact a public service organization called Project Colt, 514-939-8304 within two weeks of receiving the winnings information. If contact from the lottery organization has exceeded two weeks, contact another public service agency, Phone Busters, 705-495-8501. It is also recommended to call the F.B.I.

For more information, please contact:

Lieutenant Kenwade Lee

Fraud Section


850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229
email:[email protected]