“It all started with a phone call claiming he won the lottery and a car – he just needed to pay a transfer fee to collect the winnings,” said Kim Nichols, whose father lives in Ossipee, and sent more than $85,000 to the scammers. “Over the next few months scammers preyed on his emotions and gained his trust, coercing him into providing personal information and sending large sums of money. They stopped at nothing to get money and regularly claimed they were FBI, Custom’s and IRS agents.”
"Warren" (name omitted to protect his privacy) is a trusting, highly-educated professional. He has degrees from both Dartmouth and Harvard. He did well with his investments. Unfortunately, a few years ago he began receiving phone calls and letters from what appeared to be official government organizations and official lotteries. The calls and letters promised large sums of money to Warren. In some cases, he was to send the scammers “investment” funds. In others, he was to send them money to cover “expenses and fees” before they could release money allegedly due to him. The calls and correspondence were frequent; Warren was overly trusting and was essentially brainwashed by these scam artists.