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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]
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