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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

October 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty District Attorney's office is warning South Georgians that another lottery scam letter has been spotted, and prosecutors worry that many people will fall for the rip off because of tough economic times.

Several people have turned in these letters and checks to the D.A.'s Office in recent days. The letter says it's from the IMEX International Lottery in British Columbia Canada, and that you have won $312,000 in their lottery. The check is for $7,200 to pay for processing fees.

Investigators say this is a scam, and if you call the phone number on the letter, or worse yet cash the check, the criminals will clean out your bank accounts.

"With these hard economic times it's going to be more of a temptation for someone to see if this is something legitimate. So don't give in to the temptation, you are not going to get free money out of the blue,"  said Dougherty Acting D.A. Greg Edwards.

 The District Attorney says if you receive a letter saying you won a lottery you never entered, and the letter is from Canada or with a Canadian stamp, it is most likely a scam.

Take it to your local D.A.'s office and they will help you with it.

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