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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 9:48 a.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New scam hits Big Island

Associated Press

HILO — Big Island police warned residents yesterday about a letter scam that claimed the recipient had won a lottery in Spain.

A Papaikou woman received documents claiming to be from the "El Tital Lottery Board S.L.," Big Island Police Capt. Chad Fukui said.

The woman was informed she had won $888,248, and she was also told to fill out a so-called "payment processing form" that sought personal information, including bank account data.

"It's totally bogus," Fukui said.

The scam is part of a growing trend to try to obtain personal information so the criminal can clean out the victim's bank account, he said.

"It's known that they try to target elderly citizens," Fukui said.

He warned residents not to give personal information to someone they don't know, especially by phone, mail or e-mail.