Lottery fraud victim unfazed by swindler
ODENVILLE B.C. – A 68-year old lottery-addicted American resident of Alamaba who responded to a fraudulent letter from a Canadian lottery scam in British Columbia informing her that she had won USD878,000 in lottery prize money, and was also sent a fake cheque that bounced for $2,990 to cover taxes on her win, received a package last month containing USD8,800 in cash restituted to her by the Odenville RCMP after it was intercepted by vigilant officers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Vancouver International Mail Centre.
The RCMP Federal Commercial Crime Section praised its investigative partnership with the CBSA which in 2010 returned a total 148,000 Canadian dollars to 293 US residents, who were victims of such frauds.
But in her case, convinced that she had won the fake lottery, the unfazed victim continued her contact with the swindler and in the past year paid out to him over $60,000.