Sacto 9-1-1
May 14, 2008
Lottery scam costs woman more than $400,000

Police say an international lottery scam has bilked a 90-year-old San Carlos woman out of more than $400,000.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the woman told police someone called her in January saying she had won a lottery, but that taxes and processing fees needed to be paid in advance because the winnings would come from another country.

Over the next four months, she sent more than 20 payments to addresses in Bulgaria and Israel.

Here's the rest of the Mercury News story.

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