Williamsburg police investigating report of lottery text scam

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Police are investigating a complaint of a lottery scam in Williamsburg. 

The police received a complaint on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. that a resident of a home in the 400 block of Harriet Tubman Drive had fallen victim to a text scam. 

Police said a resident reported that her roommate received a text message stating he had won the lottery. The texter reportedly requested the resident’s personal information and money in order to process the winnings.

After the resident sent the information and the money, he realized it was a scam, police said. 

The incident is still under investigation. 

The Williamsburg Police Department recommends the following to avoid becoming a victim of scams and identity theft:

  • If you are contacted by a scammer, delete the electronic mail message or hang up as soon as you recognize that it is a scam attempt.
  • Do not provide the scammer with any of your personal information including your address, date of birth or social security number.
  • Immediately contact your local police agency and provide them all of the information you can on the call or text.  
  • Please share these tips with family members and neighbors. Scammers often prey on the elderly and vulnerable.

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