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York County authorities warn of lottery scam

February 24, 2012
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ALFRED, Maine—Authorities in Maine are warning residents to be wary of lottery scams after reporting that an elderly Arundel woman was conned out of $80,000 by callers who said she had won the Jamaican lottery.

The York County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the 82-year-old woman was skeptical at first, but the con artists gradually won her confidence, isolated her from her family, and told her they would deliver a new car and $2.5 million if she would just pay a processing fee first. That fee turned out to be several processing fees.

Once investigators became aware of the scam, the perpetrators had drawn drained her life's savings. She now may have to sell her land to survive.

Authorities say suspects are hard to track and are "sly and dangerous."

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