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Canadian would-be scammer avoids jail – if he behaves

A Canadian man who tried to scam an Iowa woman by falsely notifying her that she won “the Australian lottery” won a small break himself on Thursday in State Supreme Court.

Daniel Dumesh, 25, of Holland Landing, Ont., received a conditional discharge of his case provided he is not arrested again in the next year. Dumesh originally was charged with attempted grand larceny in the third degree, a felony, but was allowed to plead to the same charge in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

The 81-year-old intended victim had been told she needed to send $8,312 in cash to the UPS office on Union Road in Cheektowaga to cover lottery fees before she could claim her prize. However, an alert store employee was suspicious of the package and called police, who arrested Dumesh when he came to pick up the money.

The victim did not lose any money, but Cheektowaga police continue to warn people to ignore phone calls and email about winning contests they never entered or requests to send cash or gift cards for any reason.

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