Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police in Lethbridge, Alta., Say Senior Lost $250K in Sweepstakes Scam

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police in Lethbridge, Alta., Say Senior Lost $250K in Sweepstakes Scam

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Police investigate fraud against senior

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Authorities in southern Alberta are warning people to be aware after an 81-year-old senior was defrauded of $250,000 in a sweepstakes scam.

Police in Lethbridge say they were contacted last week by the woman's son, who said his mother had been persuaded by scammers to send large sums of money -- mainly in the form of bank drafts -- almost weekly since last March.

She had been told she needed to send the money to cover taxes and insurance so she could claim a cash prize she had won.

Investigators have determined the senior initially received a letter purporting to be from the Bank of America and indicating that she had won a U.S. sweepstakes.

She believed the letter was authentic and over the next 10 months dealt with numerous scammers on the phone. …

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