Kentucky Man Becomes Victim Of International Scam

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Richard Wray is returning home Thursday after traveling to Italy hoping to claim a million-dollar lottery prize. His children filed a missing persons report in his hometown of Florence, Kentucky and then officials found him in Italy, trying to get back to the bluegrass.

His daughter, Cathy Duerson, tells 27 NEWSFIRST he had been communicating with a group in Italy posing as lotto officials for some months and they'd scammed him out of thousands of dollars. She says he went overseas to claim his lottery prize, met the con-men and they sent him home saying they'd wire him the cash.

Wray's daughter says as a result of this scam he is now penniless, but she's just glad he'll be home soon. Her father returned home Thursday afternoon.

Duerson says her father is working with the Secret Service and the FBI and they're hoping to arrange another meeting with the con-men.
She says all 11 agencies that have been involved internationally are hoping for an arrest.


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  • by b blair Location: eastern ky on May 12, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    I don't feel a bit sorry for the old man. Anybody that will fall for a scam like that needs to be beat out of every penny they have.
  • by dumb america Location: the stix on May 11, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    I am not knocking this guy but this was about as smart as a wet potato sack is this guy a liberal.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on May 11, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    to c in fkt: the Attorney General's office can't do anything about it unless it's forwarded to them. Instead of putting it in your spam box, how about you forward it to the attorney general's computer crimes unit, and I'm sure they would investigate. Go to the Kentucky Attorney General's website for more information. What you said is like complaining that someone keeps stealing gas from your car but you never reported it to the police...if the authorities don't know what scams are running rampant, they can't possibly investigate it.
  • by c Location: fkt on May 9, 2008 at 12:01 PM
    I for one think our US Attorney General and our local attorney general could do more to stop these con-men! I get at least two of these things a day, I put them in my scam folder, but it seems NOTHING is ever done to stop them. I replied to a couple and told them that if I'd won, then take out what they are asking me to pay from the winnings and mail me the rest! I never heard from those particular ones again. Perhaps, I need to reply to every one of them that way! That way maybe they would get the message: "I'm not stupid!I work too hard for my money to just hand it over to you"! Don't send ANYONE any MONEY for "prizes" that you've "won"!
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on May 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    In the past week, I have won 6 Lotteries from England, two from Australia. I am RICH. Only problem is, it is a scam. People are too naive to believe they won something for nothing.
  • by nancy Location: paintsville on May 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    Unbelievable!!!You'd think someone would be more smarter than to fall for something like that. Other than they never watch the news or keep up with whats going on...right here in our small towns of Ky. Or as my mom would say..(got more money...than sence) (cents)
  • by Jodi Location: Lexington on May 9, 2008 at 09:37 AM
    Why are some of you so mean? Have you never made a mistake regardless of the cost. It doesn't matter if this man lost $1 or $1 million, no one should fall prey to vultures like this, and if they do, they deserve our sympathy, not ridicule. For those of you who have called this man dumb in one way or another, I hop you receive as much compassion as you give when you err.
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamsburg on May 9, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    Some people work hard all their life, and never seem to get ahead. Maybe he saw it as his lucky day and acted on it. If it sounds too good to be true, It usually is.
  • by Robert Location: KY on May 9, 2008 at 07:49 AM
    Don't see where Ms. Wisaman's comments even remotely pertain to this story. Also, I believe it is standard procedure for some school systems to issue "pink slips" to all non-tenured teaching staff andd aides at or near the end of each school year. What they teach is not the issue, but the ones they wish to retain are rehired for the next year after the summer starts. Just maybe Ms. Wiseman did not perform sufficiently to be rehired for next year? Maybe she should take a serious look at her performance and fix her problems.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on May 9, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    Note to Wow in Richmond: Learn to spell before you criticize others. The word is gullible, NOT gullable. Are you an atheist or just like to criticize those who might believe in a God?
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