Police: Sioux Falls man told he won $2 million, loses $12,000 in mail-in lottery scam

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Authorities in Sioux Falls say a 57-year-old man lost $12,000 in a lottery scam before a relative helped him realize it was a ruse.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens tells the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1FnF51l ) the man received a call on Monday telling him that he had won $2 million, a car and a television.

The caller said the man needed to send a small amount of cash to cover fees and taxes before he could get the prizes.

Clemens says the man eventually sent $12,000 over three days after several more people called asking for cash.

The man eventually talked to a relative who realized he was being scammed. Clemens says he then called police and gave them the names of the men and the address he had been using.

Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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