Lottery scam in Oak Bay raises eyebrows

Police advise residents to be wary of letters notifying recipient of winnings

Oak Bay police are warning residents of a scam letter that suggests the recipient has won $750,000.

On Nov. 2 a man showed police a letter that his elderly parents received that stated they had won a lottery. A phoney cheque was included to cover the initial costs for setting up the transfer of the balance. The letter quoted a return New York address, but the envelope was mailed from Surrey. The phone number listed had a North Carolina area code.

Residents are asked to notify police if you receive such a letter and to not call any numbers listed on the material.