Arizona attorney general warns of lottery scam

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is warning of a
lottery scam targeting senior citizens.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thursday that people have reported
receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be with the state’s Mega
Millions lottery.

According to Brnovich, scammers tell victims they have won the Mega
Millions lottery but need to pay $1,000 first to claim their prize
money.

In some cases, scammers have allegedly offered to even drive victims to
their bank.

Brnovich says a 90-year-old Mesa woman recently sent a certified check
to a Chicago address but then was asked to send another $20,000.

Her family reported the incident to Brnovich’s office as well as
allegations of suspicious vehicles near her house.

The attorney general says never wire money to someone you don’t know.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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