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Cumru man loses more than $100,000, victim of Canadian fraud group, police say

Published On: Mar 21 2014 03:42:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 21 2014 11:30:13 PM EDT

Cumru Township police help bust fraud operation in Canada


A Berks County man has been identified as a victim of a large-scale fraud operation recently busted in Canada.

The 76-year-old resident of Cumru Township received a bogus notice in February 2012 that he won a cash prize of $2.6 million in the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes, police said.

The man followed instructions to call a phone number and answered several questions, providing the call-taker with personal and bank information, said police, adding that the man was then told he would receive his prize check in a few days.


When the check didn't arrive, the man contacted Publisher's Clearing House and was informed he did not win a prize.

A few months later, police said the man discovered that his investment accounts had been compromised, resulting in losses of more than $100,000.

The man contacted Cumru police, and an investigation of evidence in the case led Det. Christopher Lis to identify computer IP addresses related to locations in Canada. Lis shared what he learned with federal law enforcement authorities in the United States.

Following the recent arrests by authorities in Canada of people who were allegedly conducting a large-scale fraud operation, Lis said his information revealed the same people were responsible for the theft from the Cumru resident.