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:
705-494-4008. It is also recommended to call the F.B.I.
For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant Kenwade Lee
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103