09/18/06 06-089

09/18/06 06-089

SFPD badge


September 18, 2006


Foreign Lottery Scam Alert

San Francisco Police Fraud Unit Inspectors are alerting the public to a recent lottery scam involving a purported Canadian lottery. The victim in this incident, a 75-year-old San Francisco man, responded to a letter he received in the mail from Global Investment Securities World Trust Services announcing that he had won $82,459.61 in the lottery. The letter included a notarized letter, determined later to be false, listing the victim's name, address and the amount of the winnings. As instructed, the victim called a phone number indicated in the letter, and was told by a person to wire $7,009.06, the amount of tax due, to an address in Victoria, British Columbia. A false U. S. Customs/U.S. Department of Homeland Security receipt was included with the letter. The victim wired money in the amount of $10,000 to a Luther Willis in Victoria. No winnings were sent after receipt of the money.

Fraud Inspectors are investigating the case to try to identify a suspect or suspects. Police advise that if a person receives a similar 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, 514-939-8628 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,

705-494-4008. 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]