Sheriff warns of scam after man pays $6,000

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens to be aware of scams involving lotteries and sweepstakes.  A Bradenton man was recently scammed out of $6,000 after receiving a telephone call saying he had won $600,000.

The victim was told to pay several payments totaling $6,000 to cover fees.  Subsequent investigation by the MCSO revealed that the scam was originating out of Canada.  This is a common scam that has been going on for years.

The common denominator of most scams is the suspect asking the victim to send/wire money.  Never send money to someone you don’t know until you confirm whether the person and/or business are legitimate. If you have any questions involving scams, please call the MCSO at 941-747-3011.

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