The Dallas Police Department would like to make the community aware of a recent lottery scam that occurred in Dallas involving an elderly citizen. The Dallas Police Department would like to alert not only our elderly citizens, but all citizens to be aware of fraudulent scams.
On December 2, 2016, an 85 year old woman received a letter in the mail that led her to believe she had won the lottery. The victim was instructed to make contact with the sender by phone for further instructions. The suspect instructed the victim that she must pay $6000.00 in cash for taxes. The victim complied with the instructions, sent the suspect the cash through FedEx and she received her winning check. When the victim attempted to cash the check, she was informed that the check was fraudulent. This incident is documented on case number 309479-2016.
If you or any one you know has received, and or has been victimized by such scam, please contact Detective Cervantes with our Financial Crimes Unit at 214-671-3544.
Below is a link to a copy of the letter our victim received:
This is a reminder, please do not give money to anyone you do not know. If you receive any mail asking for a large amount of money, please do not engage them and call the police to report the suspicious activity. Please alert any elderly family members, friends, or neighbors of this scam so they do not become a victim of crime.