Hattiesburg police warn public about lottery scam

An image from a letter suspected of being a scam by Hattiesburg police
An image from a letter suspected of being a scam by Hattiesburg police

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Police are alerting the public of a Spanish Lottery scam.

A police spokesman says a letter arriving in local mailboxes states the recipient has won a large amount of money from a foreign lottery, and the recipient needs to call a certain law firm to process the claim and collect winnings.  The spokesman says once the recipient calls they will be required to pay taxes for the winnings in advance or a processing fee.

Hattiesburg police ask that anyone receiving these letters please contact local law enforcement.

See an example letter here: http://i.imgur.com/Miixg.png

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