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Internet fraud warning

Date: November 12, 2006

Watsonville police have contacted the FBI after receiving a report of a person who was almost the victim of Internet fraud.

Police reported the would-be victim responded to an e-mail that told him he was a winner in a lottery and asked him to forward a $4,000 money order to an address in Canada. Police said that after the man sent the money order, he learned the lottery was a scam and quickly canceled the money order before it reached its destination.

According to Watsonville police, citizens who feel they have been victims of Internet fraud may file a complaint with the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center at

"If lottery winnings seem too good to be true, they probably are,'' Watsonville police said in a written statement.
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