Police investigating lottery scam

YORK — OPP is investigating and are warning the public after a fraud victim was scammed for approximately $140,000 in an apparent lottery scam.

AN OPP investigation determined that in March 2018 the victim was notified they won $1.4 million in a US Powerball lottery.

Police say the fraudster told the victim that they would be required to pay twenty per cent of the winnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as per government regulations.

The victim made payment instalments since March that have accumulated to $140,000 before a family member noticed the transactions and contacted police. An investigation is ongoing. Anyone aware of any similar suspicious fraud activity or with more information is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

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