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:
For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant Kenwade Lee
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103