Ridgewood Senior Citizen Loses $2K in Lottery Scam, Cops Say

75-year-old was told he needed to wire money in order to collect his winnings, police say.

A 75-year-old Ridgewood man was scammed out of $1985.95 over the weekend after he received a phone call telling him that he had won a lottery, Ridgewood Police announced in a release Tuesday.

According to cops, someone called the Bartell Place resident Saturday telling him that he had won a lottery, and needed to wire the money via Western Union in order to collect his winnings. 

The senior wired the money, and then became suspicious when the supposed lottery officials requested additional funds, police said.

Cops say they have not identified the scammers, but that the Ridgewood detective bureau is investigating the incident further.

JAFO February 25, 2014 at 03:38 PM
So much for "with age comes experience".
Harlan Consider February 26, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Dear Sir, Good day and compliments. This letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine the future and continued existence of the entire members of my family. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr. (Mrs.) Mariam Abacha, the wife of the late head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of Nigeria who died on the 8th of June 1998. The person you sent your money to was a very bad person, but I assure you that if you send me $1,000, I will get that money back for you.
thetentman February 26, 2014 at 09:47 AM
I once forwarded one of these emails to the FBI and responded to the letter writer that I was too wealthy to even consider his paltry sum but my friend J. Edgar at the FBI was very interested. The next email I got was a cc that started Dear, J. Edgar,...


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