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Niagara County women report lottery scam on Facebook

LOCKPORT — Two women contacted the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department last weekend after they realized they had been scammed out of hundreds of dollars. Both said they had been contacted on Facebook by a person named Chestnut Jeffrey Scott and were told they had won a Facebook lottery.

The first woman said she was told to send $700 by Western Union to a person in Tennessee, while the other woman said she was told to send $100 by Western Union to a person in Nigeria.

They both said they realized, shortly after sending the money, that they had been scammed and contacted the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department to make a report.