Arlem woman a victim of lottery scam?

In what could be a case of a 'prize money scam', a woman from Arlem rushed to the Margao police after being couriered 10 boxes believed to contain foreign currency which she had "won" in an overseas lottery draw.

Police sources said that the woman got a phone call from England a few days ago, informing her that she had won a cash prize of $ 50,000 in a lottery draw. She was told that her "prize" would be delivered to her at her residential address through courier and that she would have to pay 35,000 for "validating" the currency notes.

The woman was in for a shock when on Monday she received her gift of 10 boxes through a courier claiming to be sent from the Central Bank of England.

Wary about the contents of the boxes, the woman approached the Margao police, who pressed into service a sniffer dog and a bomb disposal squad. Upon making sure there were no explosives in the boxes, the police seized the boxes. The Margao police declined to confirm that the boxes contained fake foreign currency stating that they were inquiring into the matter. The Margao police were in the process of registering a case till late evening. [TOI]