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Police Warn of Lottery Scam 12-12-01
HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH KOHALA PATROL DISTRICT
OFFICER THOMAS W. WRIGHT
DECEMBER 12, 2001
Big Island police are warning the public about another apparent scam, this one originating in British Columbia.
A South Kohala resident called police in Waimea to report he had received a telephone call telling him he had won a $1.5 million lottery.
The intended victim was told that by sending a cashier’s check for $499, he would receive $60,000 a week or $240,000 a month tax-free until he received a total of $1.5 million. He was told to send the money to a “Joel Meredith” in Minister British Columbia and was given an 800 telephone number to call.
Officers called the number, but could not reach anyone, and concluded the offer was a scam.
They advised anyone losing money in such a scam to call the U.S. Secret Service in Honolulu at (808) 541-1912.
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