Burnaby man charged in publishers clearing house scam

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A Burnaby man who thought he had won big is now warning others about a scam that preys on people eager to win a prize.

How the scam works is people are told they’ve won a prize, but they need to pay a “tax” first before receiving their winnings. Police say you can’t win a contest you don’t enter and you don’t pay taxes on lottery winnings.

“I just walked right into it,” said “Tom” (not his real name), who contacted the NOW after reading a February 2021 story about a Burnaby man being charged in connection with a similar scam. The victim said he got an email about a contest connected to a charity raffle that turned out to be fake. “It didn’t cost me much, but I feel stupid for falling for it. I needed some good news and they got me.

In February, a 27-year-old Burnaby resident was charged in connection with a Publishers Clearing House scam that crossed over multiple jurisdictions, including Coquitlam.

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