Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Nigerian lottery scam victim in Brooksville accused of defrauding others out of $500,000

BROOKSVILLE -- A Brooksville woman believed to have been victimized by a Nigerian lottery scam has been accused of conning others out of roughly $500,000 in similar ventures.

According to the Brooksville Police Department, Doris Siegel, 78, of 6405 Roscommon Road, approached multiple victims from January 2008 through this month and asked for money claiming she won the lottery in Holland.

Police said they told Siegel in 2004 that likely was a victim of a Nigerian Lottery Scam or Foreign Lottery based on correspondence that she had received. She used that information and deception, they said in a report, to fraudulently obtain money from other people.

Siegel was captured on surveillance tape lying to several of the victims, the report states, adding that she later admitted to detectives that she lied to the victims to obtain their money.

The lottery scams take several forms, usually asking victims to put up their own money in return for a piece of the lottery winnings.

Siegel also got money from victims after claiming to have started a mission in Guatemala, which does not exist, according to the police.

The approximate amount stolen was $500,000, from at least five victims. Siegel was arrested on charges of organized fraud and is being held on $50,000 bond at the Hernando County Jail.

Nigerian lottery scam victim in Brooksville accused of defrauding others out of $500,000 03/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival brings Major Lazer, safety upgrades to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

    Blogs

    Somewhere beyond the barricades and mountainous LED stages of the Sunset Music Festival, there had to be worry. There had to thousands of parents in parking lots and empty kitchens, anxiously distracting their minds, every now and then checking their phones.

    Major Lazer headlined the Sunset Music Festival on May 27, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  2. 24-year-old man charged with murder in shooting at Andrea Cove Motel

    LARGO — Pinellas sheriff's officers arrested a 24-year-old transient man Saturday in connection with a homicide at the Andrea Cove Motel in unincorporated Largo.

  3. Photo gallery: Calvary Christian rolls to state title

    Blogs

    View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.

    Calvary Christian players circle up on the field before the FHSAA class 4A baseball championship against Pensacola Catholic on Friday May 27, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary scored 6 runs in the first inning, and had 7 hits.
  4. Two girls found safe after being reported missing in New Port Richey

    UPDATE: Both girls were found safe Saturday night, police said.

  5. IT failure blamed for British Airways cancellations (w/video)

    Airlines

    LONDON — British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday as a global IT failure upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy U.K. holiday weekend.

    Passengers wait at a British Airways check-in desk after the airport suffered an IT systems failure Saturday at London''s Gatwick Airport. [Associated Press]