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Monroe man bilked out of $5k in lotto scam

A Monroe man has been scammed out of $5,000 in a phone scam.  Monroe Police told the Monroe Courier that a 64-year old resident received a call on November 20th saying that he won nearly a million dollars in the Las Vegas Megabucks Lottery, but in order to claim the winnings he would have to send a $5,000 lotto and processing fee. 


The man was told to send the money via Western Union to a location in Alabama and one in Florida.  Monroe police say the man believed the caller and sent the money even though he knew he had never played the Las Vegas Lottery. 


Monroe police say they should be contacted if someone receives a suspicious phone call asking for money.

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