|A northern Nevada woman, recently got a phone call from a man claiming to be a U.S. Customers officer, and that he was holding a $500,000 Canadian sweepstakes prize for her at the border. All she had to do to get the money was to send him $2,000 as a transfer fee.|
Mrs. Brewer later said she thought she would use the money to put her 18-year-old daughter through college. She sent the $2,000 and the prize never came.
“Perpetrators develop a list of targets by sending a mass mailing claiming to be information on a ‘Canadian lottery.’ Recipients are asked to send in a fee along with personal information so they can participate,” said U.S. Customs senior special agent Melissa McDonald. “People who respond to the mailing then might get a phone call, saying they’ve won a prize but need to send in a fee to claim it.”
People anywhere in the United States who get such a call should dial 800-BE-ALERT and report it.