Regina Police says unsuspecting victims are being scammed every day by suspects claiming to be from Lottery Corporations.
Over the years a number of victims from Regina have come forward reporting they were victims of this scam, according to police.
One case of note began two years ago when a Regina resident was contacted, by phone, by a suspect claiming to be from a lottery corporation.
The victim was informed he was the winner of a lottery worth 35 million dollars and was contacted at least three times – and had fronted close to 40-thousand dollars in order to get his prize.
Police say a few times during this scam, the victim was asked to send money to people who lived locally in Saskatchewan.
These local payments legitimized the scam in the mind of the victim, because he now had names and addresses of someone who lives in Saskatchewan associated with the lottery company.
When police tracked down these people in Saskatchewan we found that they were also victims of the same lottery scam and were told some funds will be coming their way to assist in paying some of the lottery fees.
Through investigation police found a network of people throughout the country, who were being victimized by this same scammer, sometimes sending money among each other but always sending large amounts of money to the suspect in Jamaica.
The Regina Police Service would like to warn the public about the Winning Lottery Ticket Scam.
People should know that if they were winners of a lottery, they will never be asked to send money before the funds will be released.