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Thursday July 18th, 2013

Posted at 10:24am

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Windsor Police are investigating a large fraud that they say has infiltrated a small, potentially vulnerable community with the intent to defraud its members by way of a well known lottery scam.

Police say the hearing impaired are a small, tight-knit community and communicate with each other regularly through social media, including Facebook.

An outsider, allegedly passing himself off as one of their own, has infiltrated this small community with the purpose of defrauding its members, say police. Through facebook the outsider has entrenched himself as part of this group befriending its members and chatting to them regularly. Police say he claims to run a lottery and entices the members of this community to buy a ticket from him. Once the ticket has been bought he later makes contact with the purchasing member advising them that they have won. The prize money is substantial, in the range of $300,000, and he then asks that the purchaser/victim submit a processing fee of $2,500.

Police say that once this is paid, the suspect asks that the victim further pay $15,000 to handle the taxation part of the win. If the victim keeps paying the fraudster keeps elaborating on the scam advising the victim that the amount they won has actually increased from $300,000 to $500,000 then $750,000 and so on, extorting more processing fees and taxation amounts along the way. The victim is bled of as much money as the fraudster can get.

Windsor Police say this local investigation has a fraud amount which has surpassed $100,000.

Police are asking anyone with information in relation to this investigation to call (519) 255-6700 ex #4330 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (519) 258-TIPS (8477)

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