MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) – Manitowoc Police are warning residents about a foreign lottery scam being sent through the mail.
A Manitowoc man contacted police after receiving a $7,998.25 check in the mail. The check came with a letter claiming the man was the “lucky winner” of a $500,000 lottery from London, England.
The man wanted to know if it was legit, because he never entered a lottery or sweepstakes.
The officer pointed out several red flags: grammatical errors, poor quality of copied document, and different font style used throughout the letter.
The officer says the biggest red flag was that the “winner” is asked to pay a tax of $7,680 before receiving the rest of the money.
The scam intends for the victim to cash the fake check included with the letter, and follow instructions to wire money to the scammer.
The fake check will not clear, but by that time it’s often too late for the victim who will have to cover those losses.
Also, a legit lottery will never ask someone to pay a tax to receive the winnings.
Police say this type of scam comes from overseas and the money is used to fund terrorist organizations.
“Don’t become a victim. If it’s too good to be true…. then it’s most likely a scam,” Manitowoc Police say.