Two arrests have been made in Milton, Ont. in a $400,000 lottery scam that targeted American senior citizens. It is alleged that the suspects sent unsolicited mail containing phony lottery letters and cheques to senior citizens across the United States.
Scheming senior citizens
When the unsuspecting victims called the claims agent listed in the lottery letter, they were instructed to cash the cheques and remit the proceeds in order to collect their prizes, Toronto police said Friday. Victims never received the promised prizes and later learned that the cheques were fraudulent. Police allege the proceeds from the scheme were laundered by suspects in the U.S. and Canada. The operation, police say, was directed from Canada.
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