Be careful of a new lottery scam hitting local communities. Lower Township Police told Coastal Broadcasting that a local resident was scammed out of $2,500. Fraudulent telemarketers are making unsolicited phone calls to consumers telling them they have won a sum of money in a lottery or sweepstake. They often pretend to be lawyers, bank officials, customs officers or lottery representatives to try and convince consumers that their prize is genuine. However, to “release” their winnings, victims are told they must send money to pay for taxes, processing fees, insurance or customs duties. Victims receive repeated calls for further money. The perpetrators seem to target the elderly.
Suspected Lottery/Winnings scams should also be reported to the Lower Township Police Department at 609886-2711