‘£5m lottery scammer’ arrested


‘£5m lottery scammer’ arrested

Antony Savvas

An alleged Lebanese lottery scammer who is said to have conned thousands around the world has been arrested in Cyprus.

The man is alleged to have stolen around £5m from web users after tricking them into believing they had won the lottery.

The man has been the subject of an Interpol investigation over the past two years, and was arrested at Cyprus's Larnaca airport last week as he attempted to leave the island.

The lottery scam victims are said to have received e-mails that stated that they had won the lottery and requested confidential and financial information to prove their identities, as well as money for processing fees.

Lottery scams are widespread, and the confidential data taken from victims can be used to commit identity theft and drain bank accounts.

"We are seeing more and more scammers arrested worldwide, as they continue to defraud many thousands of victims with their phoney e-mails, it is high time these crooks paid the price for their greed," said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at web security software firm Sophos.

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