Spain nabs con artists in major lottery scam

Spanish authorities said yesterday they have arrested 43 people in Seville, Spain, for allegedly running a multi-million-euro lottery scam in different cities across Europe, including Athens. The suspects are accused of contacting consumers and telling them that they had won a large amount of money through a draw. The suspects would then ask victims to send their bank details, in order to be paid their prize money, but would first demand a cash payment as a type of deposit. Spanish police believe that some 46 Greeks have fallen victim to the alleged con artists, paying them over -2 million. The fake lotteries operated under the trade names of La Primitiva, International Lotto Commission and Bonus7p International Lotto.