A York resident has lost $140,000 in an apparent lottery scam. 

Haldimand OPP say that in March 2018, the victim was notified they had allegedly won $1.4 million (United States currency) in a Powerball lottery.

The victim was then told they would be required to pay twenty per cent of the winnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as per government regulations.

The victim had made payment instalments since March that accumulated to $140,000 before a family member noticed the transactions and contacted police, Friday evening.

OPP remind residents It’s not always easy to spot a scam, and new ones are invented every day.

If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone.

If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http:www.antifraudcentre.ca