Police warn South S.F. about Canadian lottery scam

If a letter in the mail says you've won the Canadian lottery, you probably shouldn't quit your day job – it's most likely a scam.

That's a warning that was issued Wednesday by South San Francisco police who say a recent mail scam has claimed victims within their enforcement area.

Victims typically receive a letter saying they've won the Canadian lottery in the amounts of $50,000 and $450,000. Included in the letter is a check ranging from $2,000 to $5,000, police said.

The letter instructs the winner to cash the check and then mail the lottery company a specified amount of money, between $1,500 and $3,100, to cover taxes.

If the money is sent, the letter states, the victims will receive their full lottery winnings.

Of course, the checks that were sent to victims were fraudulent and financial institutions refused them, police said.

Police are warning residents to reject these Canadian lottery letters by not sending money and not cashing the check.

The Canadian companies sending the letters include National Claim Center Financial, Inc. and Independent Financial Advisor. Both companies

listed a Toronto, Ontario, address, police said. Victims of this fraud should immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.

— Bay City News

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Demonstrators commemorated the life of George Floyd and others killed by police outside S.F. City Hall on June 1, 2020.<ins></ins>
Chauvin verdict: SF reacts after jury finds ex-officer guilty on all charges

San Franciscans were relieved Tuesday after jurors found a former Minneapolis police… Continue reading

San Francisco Unified School District Board member Faauuga Moliga, right, pictured with Superintendent Vincent Matthews on the first day back to classrooms, will be board vice president for the remander of the 2121 term. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Faauuga Moliga named as school board vice president to replace Alison Collins

The San Francisco school board on Tuesday selected board member Fauuga Moliga… Continue reading

Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accomodate everyone living on the street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City would create sites for hundreds of tents under new homeless shelter proposal

Advocates say funding better spent on permanent housing

An instructor at Sava Pool teaches children drowning prevention techniques. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Indoor city pools reopen for lap swimming and safety classes

Two of San Francisco’s indoor city pools reopened Tuesday, marking another step… Continue reading

A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s poor track record on capital projects risks losing ‘public trust’

Supervisors say cost overruns and delays could jeapordize future ballot revenue measures

Most Read