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85-Year-Old Woman Joins List of Lottery-Scam Victims

6 November 2000

GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania. – Nov. 6, 2000 -- As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: ``A Westmoreland County woman lost $50,000 in a lottery scam that is becoming more common around the United States, officials said.

``…The Westmoreland County victim, an 85-year-old Hempfield woman, told state police and FBI agents that a con artist told her that she had won $1.6 million in the Canadian lottery.

``The woman, whose name was not released, said a caller who identified himself as Lee Cobb from the National Claim Center in Montreal told her she could not claim her jackpot unless she sent $50,000 to an address in Montreal.

``After the woman sent the money on Oct. 25, another man, who said he was from the IRS, called her on Oct. 30 and said it was necessary for her to send $48,000 more.

``…An FBI spokesman reported last week that at least 10 Arizona residents have fallen prey to similar telemarketing frauds in the last month…"

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