PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
March 22, 2005
Subject: Canadian Lottery Scam Alert
San Francisco police are alerting members of the public to a Canadian Lottery scam. In this scam, citizens residing in San Francisco and other counties receive letters from a company calling itself the “North Shore Payment System.” It identifies itself as “Lottery Resources Management & Payment Verification,” giving an address of 1130 Morrison Drive, Suite 310 Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The postmark is Canadian. These letters contain two additional letters explaining that the recipient has won the lottery for a large sum of money.
When the intended victim follows the instructions in the letter and calls the Canadian number listed, the suspect will explain that before the victim can obtain his or her winnings, he or she must first forward $4650 to cover fees and taxes. The suspect will generally request that this money be sent through Western Union. If the suspect resists this proposal, the suspect’s next preferred method of payment is a check sent via Federal Express. The last option, least attractive to the suspect, is for the victim to post, via regular mail, the check to the address specified in the letter. A reimbursement counterfeit check for $4650, purportedly drawn on a Southern California bank, has been enclosed with the letter the victim has received. By the time the victim’s bank informs the victim that the check is counterfeit, the victim’s check has been deposited into the suspect’s account.
Anyone receiving a letter like this should not call the phone number listed in the letter or provide any personal information, especially bank information, such as an account number, to anyone calling stating he or she represents a lottery. Once suspects receive personal banking information, a citizen may soon find himself a victim of fraud.
For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant Kenwade Lee or Inspector Earl Wismer
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229