B.C. lottery scam busted
VANCOUVER, BC – A Surrey man suspected of operating a British Columbia based lottery fraud raked in more $750,000 over a period of nine months before police nailed and charged him.
The suspect, 44-year-old Rommy Romeo Louis, would mail out fraudulent lottery letters to US residents.. Each letter notified the recipient that hey had won a large cash prize and directed them to contact a tax agent with a BC area code phone number. To claim his prize money, the ‘winner’ was told he had to cash the cheque included in the mail-out and wire the money via Western Union or MoneyGram services. One California resident mailed more than $150,000 to the fraudsters.
The investigation against Louis was jointly conducted by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the RCMP Commercial Crime Section, assisted by the US Postal Inspection Service and the Competition Bureau.
To report cases of a mass marketing fraud, identity theft and spam-related crime, call the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. For further information, visit their website at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Police advise the public that a genuine lottery company will never ask you to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram or to send money for duty & taxes, legal fees or courier costs. You will not be asked to put cash inside magazines or greeting cards or to send money to mail drops like the UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc) or to a foreign country.