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.