Police recover $380,000 taken from elderly woman in lotto scam

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Police say that they have been able to recover about $380,000 belonging to an elderly woman who fell victim to a lottery sweepstakes scam. Police say the 85-year-old victim, who has a diminished mental capacity, was initially contacted over the telephone by someone purporting to represent a lottery sweepstakes company sometime.

Costs in order to claim the prize

The woman was told that she had won a substantial amount of money but had to pay taxes and other recovery costs in order to claim the prize. The woman sent some money to the suspects but she stopped after officers became aware of the fraud, police said. However, police said she resumed sending money after a period of time. Investigators then became aware of the additional transfers after receiving an anonymous tip last month.

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This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.