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Lower Paxton Township Police Department
Monday January 4th, 2010 :: 01:39 p.m. EST


Fraud scam, victim advised that they won $50,000 in a lottery. Victim told to wire money to pay handling fees.

The Lower Paxton Township Police Department is investigating a fraud, in which a resident received a phone call telling them that they had won $50,000 in a foreign lottery. The caller then said that the resident needed to wire by Western Union, money to cover handling fees and taxes. The resident wired approx. $750.00 in "fees". The resident continued to receive calls, pressuring for more money. The caller finally stopped sending money and would not take any more phone calls.

This is a prime example of a LOTTERY fraud. In these cases a resident receives either a phone call, e-mail or a letter telling them they have won a lottery. In order to claim their "prize" they need to send money to cover taxes and other expenses. These are all frauds. When money is sent by Western Union, the money can be picked up anywhere in the world. It is extremely difficult for Police to track these crimes. Often, the money is picked up in Canada or in Nigeria. In these cases, even if a suspect can be identified, extradition will not occur where the monetary loss is relatively small.

The best advice when receiving one of these calls, letters or e-mails, is do not respond in any manner. If you receive a similar notification, contact the Police before doing anything and we will be able to verify if it is a fraud. When things are too good to be true, they are.

If anyone has information on this crime, please call the Lower Paxton Police at 717-657-5656 or information may be left anonymously on our TIP LINE at 717-635-2606. In emergencies, 911 should be dialed.

Lower Paxton Township Police Department
425 Prince St
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 717-657-5656

425 Prince St
Harrisburg, PA 17109

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