Scam May Cost Family Its Home

A disabled Omaha woman and her adult daughter may lose their home because a con man promised them a mansion.

The women don’t want their names used to prevent being victimized again.

In July a caller told the mother she had won $2.8 million in a lottery. To collect she needed to wire $750 to a lottery security company in London. The lottery agent kept calling back for more money. The woman on disability kept chasing the dream.

Finally after wiring $7,000 of her own money she contacted Six on Your Side. That’s when mother and daughter learned it was a scam and their money lost.
Lori says, “I thought it would be a new life for everybody. Now I don’t know what to do.”

Six on Your Side talked by phone to the con man who claimed to be at the Omaha Airport with a $2.8 million check for the woman.

But when asked by Six on Your Side reporter Mike McKnight to let him pick up the check, the alleged lottery official said no, “Because you are not true beneficiary."

When asked if he was scamming the woman the caller with a foreign accent replied, “No I’m not trying to scam her sir”.

Postal Inspector Dave Margritz talked to the woman and convinced her the lottery agent was likely a scam artist calling by phone from another country.

Margritz says recovering money lost in lottery scams is very difficult. The Postal Inspector says any time you are asked to pay for winning money that's a "red flag."

The woman used money for her mortgage payments to pay the lottery fee. She had been convinced by the con man her winnings would pay for her mortgage, vacations and a limo.

Instead the woman stands to lose a home that has been in her family for three generations.


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