Terrace RCMP are urging people to educate themselves after a lottery scam cost a local resident about $60,000.
Investigators say the person was promised a new Mercedes and $2.9 million from a company claiming to be the “Canadian Cash Sweepstakes”.
The victim was told delivery of the prizes could not be made until fees were paid. Each time delivery day approached, the scammers came up with yet another reason for more fees to be paid. Police say it went on and on until tens of thousands were lost.
Never give money, credit card information, and personal information to people that solicit you. If they claim to be from a legitimate company reach out to that company via contact information from a trusted source like the company’s website or a phone book. Don’t follow links to the company’s website. More than likely it is a phishing website, which is a website that is made to look like the real deal but isn’t,” says Constable Angela Rabut, Community Policing/Media Relations Terrace RCMP.
RCMP say legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee or tax to collect winnings.
More information on how to protect yourself from fraud can be found at the Canada Anti-Fraud Center.
Contact the Terrace RCMP at 250-638-7400 to set up an anti fraud presentation for your community group.