Pickering lottery scam busted
Jun 08, 2007 08:49 PM
Police say they have broken up a sweepstakes lottery scam after raiding a home in Pickering.
Two people were arrested on Thursday in a Nippissing Court home said to be the headquarters of the scam. Officers discovered what they say was a large-scale counterfeit cheque operation.
Police say that for at least the last six months, victims across the United States were mailed letters stating they had won $75,000 (U.S.) in a publisher’s sweepstakes lottery.
This letter would be accompanied by a "cheque" to the winner in the amount of $2,850, but it advised the victim to cash the cheque and send most of the money back for "service fees" before the full amount would be sent.
The large payout would never make it to the victim and the financial institutions cashing the cheque would find it to be phony. The victim would then have to pay back the $2,850.
Efe Omorregie, 44, and Ebuwa Florence Omorogieva, 38, both of Pickering, face seven charges each including fraud of over $5,000, two counts of forgery and the use of mail to defraud.