published Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Calhoun, Ga., police investigate fraud ring

Calhoun, Ga., police are investigating an international fraud ring after several residents were conned into sending money to a fake company out of the U.S.

Police Chief Garry Moss said the department has been receiving multiple complaints from residents who have fallen for a scam that they were lottery winners.

One 85-year-old resident sent a $5,000 check to an out of the country address that claimed in a letter they had won the lottery, but first needed to pay taxes on the check, said police spokesman Lt. Tony Pyle.

The police department believes this scam is just one variation of many known as the Nigerian letter, Pyle said. The department is cautioning residents to contact the police department before making a transaction from an unknown source.

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blindmouses said...

They are attacking the elderly. Most these are being sent to people the ages of 60+ From what I have researched is no office of any law can investigate any foreign scam like this.

August 24, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
harrystatel said...

"Calhoun, Ga., police investigate fraud ring"

For a hopeful moment, I thought they were investigating Congress.

August 24, 2011 at 5:36 p.m.
hambone said...

You get a letter saying you've won a lottery you never entered, or a rich great uncle died and lift you million even if you never heard of him.

Greed has all kinds of faces!!!

August 24, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.
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