Suspicious package leads to arrest in lottery scam

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A UPS employee trusted his gut feeling about a suspicious package delivered to a Union Rd. store, and that led to an arrest.

Cheektowaga police say an 81-year-old Iowa woman sent a package to the store on Tuesday. The package contained $8,312 in cash.

The woman thought she had won the Australian lottery, and was sending in cash for what she believed were attorneys’ fees. The caller who contacted the woman about the fake lottery claimed to be an IRS agent.

Following the money’s arrival, UPS employees contacted police, who then arrived at the store and waited for someone to pick up the package.

Eventually, Daniel Dumesh, 26, an Ontario resident made his way to the store. As police arrested him, Dumesh was allegedly uncooperative.

He was charged with grand larceny and was sent to the Erie County Holding Center on $25,000 bail.

The victim of the alleged scam will have her money returned to her.

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