A 78-year-old Madison woman was duped out of more than $8,000 in a recent fraud case, according to the Madison Police Department.
Police said the woman was initially contacted in early February by an email that said she had won the British National Lottery through a random drawing.
Before collecting the big prize, she was instructed to jump through a number of procedural hoops, all of which included her sending money overseas, police said. The woman began wiring cash, via Western Union, to the United Kingdom and Malaysia.
The payments were made in six installations over three months. She ended up doling out $1,000 for delivery fees, $1,500 for insurance, $1,700 for U.S. customs and $3,000 in late fees.
The woman was about to wire another $1,000 when she was advised by her bank that she was being victimized, according to police.