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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another Resident Bilked Out Of Money In Lottery Scam

   A Lawrenceburg man filed a complaint with law enforcement officials on Wednesday, indicating that he had been bilked out of money in a lottery scam.

   The victim, age 88, reported to deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department that he had received a letter through the mail, stating that he was the winner of a $98,600 prize. Enclosed was a check in the amount of $3,890.

The letter claimed that the check was the initial payment on the prize. He was instructed to deposit the check into his bank account, then send them a personal check in the amount of $3,600 to cover taxes on the entire amount.

   The victim said that he mailed the check on June 5, 2013, then awaited a response. After three weeks, he said he attempted to contact the company, but his call was transferred to an answering machine.

   The letter received by the victim bore the name of UBS Bank of Ontario, Canada, from the Global Payment Management Division.

It asserted that the entire amount would be forwarded to the victim 24 to 48 hours after they received payment for his “non-residential (non-Canadian) tax.”

   Authorities continue to warn citizens to disregard such scams. They urge residents to have these types of letters inspected for validity by law enforcement officials before any money is sent.

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