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STARS lottery scam making the rounds, Lethbridge Police say be wary

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Lethbridge Police are reminding the public to be wary of scam calls.

Earlier this week, a 69 year old woman received a fraudulent call claiming to be from STARS Lottery.

The caller notified the woman she had won a vehicle and large cash prize, but an $1,800 fee was required to pay the delivery cost of the vehicle.

Because the victim had previously purchased STARS tickets, she believed the call to be legitimate.

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She later received another call from a separate source claiming to be a lawyer for the organization, once again asking for money.

The cash was sent via wire transfer and once the transaction was complete, the victim received a third call requesting an additional $15,000 to cover insurance.

No further cash was provided.

Police want to remind residents that legitimate organizations will never ask for payment in gift cards, pre-paid credit cards, or especially bitcoin.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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