An Ottawa couple have spent three days leading on scammers who are trying to manipulate the couple into paying thousands of dollars to receive a lottery prize.
"[They were] so persistent, it's unbelievable," said the wife.
This kind of scam is called an advance fee fraud, in which victims are conned into paying taxes on millions of dollars they've supposedly won before they can receive the prize money.
On Tuesday night, Paul and Carole <name withheld) received a phone call telling them they'd won $2.5 million and a 2014 Mercedes Benz. The scammers told the couple they qualified for the lottery prize just by using their credit and debit cards.
"We immediately were skeptical of it, but I had time on my hands so I thought, OK, I'll just see what the scam is,
" the husband said.
"It was kind of fun for a while
The couple were emailed a raft of official-looking documents, pictures of supposed former winners, pictures of the car and an invoice for $5,000 dollars in taxes and fees, the amount they'd have to fork over before getting the payoff.
The scammers also kept phoning back, telling the couple not to let anyone else know about the transaction and win, including their own bank teller.When the couple finally told them they were onto the scam, other people called
the <namewithheld> claiming to be lawyers, wondering why they didn't want the prize.
"I contacted the police and they have so many calls of this type that they just can't address them," said the husband.
Ottawa police say no legitimate lottery will ask for money up front.
"So if you ever get a call saying you've won something but have to send them money, that should be a red flag right there," said the Ottawa Police Staff Sgt.