Two Holiday City Residents Bilked Out Of Money In Separate Lottery Scams
One man out $75,000; Police warn residents not to respond to mail or phone requests for money
A Holiday City man recently wired $75,000 overseas to a bogus lottery scam, Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said.
"We are pleading with residents not to send any type of funds to anyone they don't personally know," Smith said.
The man who lost $75,000 had responded to a letter from the "U.S. Megamillions Lottery." The man called the phone number listed in the letter, he said.
"When they call the number, they are given an address to send the money to," Smith said.
The man, whose name police are not releasing, made several wire transfers and sent a total of $75,000, he said.
Another resident lost $1,000 after mailing money to a phony lottery in Costa Rica, Smith said.
The fraudulent lottery scams usually come by phone or mail, he said.
"Once you make contact in the mail, they contact you by phone and it starts from there," Smith said. "Once the money stops, they start calling and threatening. People just need to be aware."