Ellisville Police Department is investigating a lottery scam after a victim was contacted by phone and fax and told she won $5.5 million and a new car.
Police said an 88-year-old woman answered a phone call from an 876 (Jamaica) area code and was told she was the winner of a Mega Millions Sweepstakes Lottery. She subsequently received a fax with fake lottery documents.
The documents said the winner would receive a cashier's check and $95,000 in cash supplied by General Motors. The lottery said the winner would have to pay $87,000 in taxes.
Police said the victim's son contacted them after $60,000 was transferred to the scammers through a Western Union wire transfer. The exact amount is not yet known.
The St. Louis Postal Inspector's office is partnering in the investigation. Ellisville Police stated the following in a press release Wednesday:
"If any person receives such an announcement of lottery winnings regardless of the name or what is promised, please contact your local police department and/or a relative or the Postal Inspector, and under no circumstances, send any money to these unscrupulous individuals.
As a community service and as a result of this scam, the police department is in the process of creating a program designed to educate our citizens, especially our seniors who are more vulnerable to falling for these schemes."
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