SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe police are warning the public about a lottery-style phone scam.
According to the Santa Fe Police Department, victims are receiving calls from callers claiming they have won a large cash prize or national lottery prize. The callers then tell the victim that they must pay taxes and processing fees in order to claim their prizes.
SFPD says the caller will request a wire transfer up to $1,000. Once the initial transfer goes through, the scammer will request another transfer of an increased amount and continue to do so until the victim realizes it is a scam.
Recent cases are coming from China, SFPD says, but they could be from any country.
SFPD is reminding the public that they can contact SFPD prior to sending any type of wire transfer. The department says claiming a cash prize doesn’t usually require any money up front.
If you have any questions you can contact SFPD at (505) 955-5033.