Norfolk resident loses $100K to online lottery scam

A Norfolk, Ont. resident has lost $100,000 to an online lottery scam.

The victim received a notification indicating they had won a lottery, they were then told in order to release the winnings they would need to send money to a link. The victim never collected any money.

“Scammers are increasingly using Facebook as a means of communication to target potential victims,” Norfolk Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said in a statement. “The OPP are warning all residents to be on the lookout for unsolicited Facebook messages claiming you’ve won a prize.”

Police say the way the scam works is that a person will receive a Facebook message, sometimes from people claiming to be a distant relative. “The scammer sends out mass email messages claiming they saw the consumer’s name on a list as a prize winner in a lottery or sweepstakes. A fee is requested up front but no winnings are ever received,” police say.

Read more at Simcoe Reformer

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Kayla Kuefler is the head writer and social media producer at Canadian Fraud News. Kayla was born-and-raised in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Toronto in 2013 to pursue her Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University. Kayla has previously interned at Global News Edmonton, Global News Toronto and CBC News in London, England.

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