CORNER BROOK The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating a reported scam involving lottery draw tickets being sold in the name of local sporting groups in the Corner Brook area.
The police confirmed Monday it was investigating a complaint received by a city resident last week.
The complainant went to the police after becoming aware of the presence of tickets being sold in the name of a ladies volleyball league. That same person, who did not wish to be identified, told The Western Star that there were apparently similar tickets being sold on behalf of a ladies hockey.
In addition to the particular name of the volleyball league, as printed on the bogus ticket, being a non-existent entity, the tickets also had no lottery licence number. The draw date on the volleyball ticket was in November, but the police are still looking into the report.
The purported prize on the tickets is 10 dozen beer.
‚ÄúWe are still in the early stages of our investigation and we are still trying to determine the range of it,‚ÄĚ said Const. Scott Mosher, the RNC‚Äôs media relations officer. ‚ÄúWe do have a person of interest in relation to this investigation.‚ÄĚ
Mosher said the investigation is still trying to determine how many of the fake tickets were printed and possibly sold. Police are also still trying to figure out how widespread the sales would have been or if the scam was confined to only the Corner Brook area.
In addition to the person who reported the tickets to the police, Mosher said the RNC has also spoken with someone who claims to have purchased a ticket.
While it is quite possible to forge a lottery licence number, Mosher said the absence of one on a ticket should be a red flag for anyone approached to buy a ticket.
‚ÄúIf anyone has any doubt whatsoever about the validity of a ticket, they should hold off on buying it until they can check it out and confirm that the organization involved is actually selling such tickets,‚ÄĚ said Mosher.
Anyone with information regarding these fraudulent tickets is asked to contact the RNC.