Peterborough senior loses nearly $20K to lottery scam: police

Peterborough police say a senior lost nearly $20,000 in a lottery scam. File

A senior in Peterborough, Ont., fell victim to a new lottery scam circulating in the city.

According to the Peterborough Police Service, on Monday, officers were informed that an 86-year-old Peterborough resident had paid almost $20,000 in what turned out to be a lottery scam.

Police say someone claiming to represent the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation called to advise the individual she had won a significant lottery prize and a vehicle.

However, the scammers told the victim delivery of the prizes would be delayed and a payment was required to release them.

Police say nearly $20,000 was given over through several different means including cashier’s cheque, personal cheques and gift cards, police said Wednesday.

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Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Peterborough police at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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