One Ontario resident who thought that they had won the lottery ended up losing $27,000 to a scammer.
#Senior loses $27,000 after falling victim to the international lottery scam. The #OPP is urging everyone to hang u… https://t.co/4WUmyFD3TD— OPP West Region (@OPP West Region)1616007512.0
"Norfolk County detachment received a call from an elderly resident after they received emails and phone calls from someone claiming to be from the New York State Lottery Commission," said Sgt. Ed Sanchuk.
"During the course of these conversations, they indicated that they had won approximately $785,000 [and that] in order to receive their prize they had to pay taxes [...], at which time they did send over $27,000 to an address in New York," he continued.
Ontario Provincial Police are warning residents that if they receive any kind of correspondence claiming that they've won a large sum of money, but need to pay in order to receive it, it's most likely a scam.