Mississippi woman bilked out of thousands of dollars after falling for fake lottery message

Published 3:55 pm Wednesday, July 14, 2021

After a resident was bilked out of thousands of dollars in a fake lottery scheme, a Mississippi sheriff is warning citizens that if you get a text or Facebook message suggesting they won the lottery, ignore it; it’s a scam.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Wednesday that a woman in Vancleave, Mississippi, was scammed out of “thousands of dollars” after falling victim to the fraud.

The woman told investigators that she received a Facebook message from someone who said she’d won the lottery, but that she needed to send money to pay for the taxes on what in reality were fictitious winnings.

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Deputies said such scams and frauds occur all the time, but that citizens should always be cautious and never send money to anyone they don’t know personally.