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03/16/04 - Tyler

Elderly Victimized by Two Scams

East Texans are being warned of a scam police have been familiar with for years. As usual, the elderly are the ones being targeted.

It starts with a phone call from someone saying you've won a Canadian lottery. The catch is, you have to send in  "fees and taxes."

A second caller then claims to be with the FBI, saying the lottery is valid. Of course, no lottery winnings are ever received.

Kay Robinson, Better Business Bureau: "It's all bogus. And people that spend money to have a chance to win the lottery in another country might as well set a match to that dollar bill, because it's just bogus."

In a separate scam, a victim was called by a man claiming he could get her $200 in free gas, if she sent him a voided check. The man used the bank code on the check to steal $300 from the victim's bank account.

Robinson reminds all of us to never give personal or financial information to someone you don't know.

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