Carlucci: Some HV lottery 'winners' actually scam victims
State Sen. David Carlucci (D-N.Y) is doing his best to warn Hudson Valley residents of a new lottery scam that is bilking alleged "winners" out of hundreds of dollars, but says that many people have already fallen victim.
Carlucci says that the scam begins after victims receive a letter telling them that they've won some kind of lottery, but that they will have to pay the taxes on the winnings.
Victims are then told to go to the bank to wire the money and pay for the taxes, but when they go to cash the actual lottery check, they are told that the check is a phony and that the money they paid on alleged "taxes" is essentially gone.
"There's no such thing as a free lunch," Carlucci said. "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is."