Canadian and U.S. Suits Arise Out of Lotto Flim-Flam
By Earl
A telemarketing scam conning Americans and Britons into believing they had won prizes from the UK National Lotto, and had to pay fees and “taxes” to collect, has resulted in civil suits filed by officials in the U.S. and Canada against the perpetrators, who operated under several names, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The total amount lost has been put at around $3 million US. Assets of $2.8 million were seized from a local telemarketing business, said to be involved in the scam, last Thursday by the RCMP.

The United States is represented in the civil action by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and British victims of the scam are being represented in legal actions by the British Colombia Director of Trade Practices.

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