Seven women have been arrested after an investigation into a lottery scam ring based in Fairfield County that targeted elderly victims.
According to the Stamford Police Department, the victims were contacted by telephone and in some cases letters advising them that they had won a prize.
Police said the victims would be informed that in order to collect their winnings, they would first have to pay taxes and/or fees on their alleged winnings. The victims would then be instructed to send money using a variety of sources such as Western Union or United States Postal Service money orders.
If the victims did send money, there were often called additional times and informed that there was an issue and that they would need to send more money before the prize could be claimed, according to the press release.
That routine would continue until the victims ran out of money, or they began to realize it was a scam.
According to police, 31 victims from across the United States were identified. Most of the victims were between the ages of 80 and 90 years old, and more than $165,000 has been lost as a result of the scam.
In addition to the seven women arrested in Connecticut, police have identified a ring leader in Costa Rica and another person is located in Virginia.
To date, the following woman were arrested:
Charges from the seven women who were arrested included racketeering, money laundering, larceny and conspiracy. All are expected in Superior Court in Stamford Tuesday.
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