August 1, 2014

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Lorain woman says lotto scammers are threatening her life

LORAIN — A Lorain woman whose niece was the victim of a lotto scam last fall told police she is receiving harassing calls and threats regarding the prize money.

The 57-year-old woman told police a male caller with a thick accent from a number that traces to Jamaica curses her and has even threatened to kill her despite her demands for him to stop calling.

She told police it all began in September when her niece wired $1,000 to Costa Rica, which was supposed to be a “filing fee” to claim her prize.

The aunt said she called numbers her niece provided to her to try to investigate the scam and that she verbally lashed out at someone who answered about the scam.

Due to her calls, the scammers have her phone number she said, and have been calling her continuously. The most recent call was June 24 at 10:16 a.m. and lasted two minutes, she said. She said she argued with the man, and he ended the call with “(Expletive) you!”

The woman said she always tells the caller she is recording him and will be sending the complaint to the attorney general’s office, but the caller will insist he is with the attorney general’s office or the federal trade commission.

She said she tells the caller to stop calling and that he is a liar, and that is when the threats begin. She said she has also filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.