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Amherst resident taken for several thousand dollars

Amherst Police are warning of an advance fee fraud email that's circulating in the community. An Amherst residents was taken for several thousand dollars after being told in an email that a Truro couple that won a lottery in 2010 was giving away $1 million to 10 lucky email recipients.

AMHERST – An Amherst resident has fallen victim to an email fraud relating to the 2010 lottery win in Truro.

Amherst Police say the unidentified victim received an email from someone impersonating the Truro couple who won the lottery. The fraudster said the couple was giving away $1 million to 10 lucky mail recipients. The fraudster then requested several fees to cover the costs of transferring the money.

The victim in Amherst lost several thousand dollars.

Police are reminding people to be wary of email offers, commonly known as fee fraud. They are asking residents to delete this email message if they receive it.

Police say these emails are often poorly written and rife with grammatical errors that should be giveaways that they are fraudulent.

Also, police say never respond to emails that requests transfers from money transfer companies like MoneyGram or Western Union and never reveal any personal or banking information online.

It’s also extremely rare to win money if you have not entered a contest and you will never be asked to pay advanced fees to receive a prise.

Report advance fee letter fraud by contacting PhoneBusters at 1-888-495-8501 or contact the Amherst Police Department at 667-8600.


Organizations: MoneyGram, Western Union, Amherst Police Department

Geographic location: Amherst, Truro

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  • WOW
    March 10, 2013 - 12:01

    Hello! It is called Greed! If you wish save safe 3 things you must do! 1/Never Trust a emai or answer it unless you know the person specially if asking fr a Fee- 2 Never Ever buy or do any Business Hiring or contract for work - at your door! Never!- 3-And likley most important Never do Anything over the phone Say never do over phone leave your addess I drop around. As many people get taken over phone as in emails. When comes to $ usually Greed think! If I am giving away $$ I want news there.and there not be a fee.as I can claim it on taxes! Good luck!

  • lb
    March 09, 2013 - 01:30

    Police say these emails are often poorly written and rife with grammatical errors that should be giveaways that they are fraudulent most of these scams originate from India / Pakistan ... hence the grammatical errors