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Hello again, I am sorry to report this but unfortunately this is a common scam. It is known as an "advance fee lottery scam"
Here is how it works:
Someone contacts you out of the blue and claims you are the lucky winner of the lottery. You don't recall ever purchasing a lottery ticket or entering this lottery. However, the person contacting you sounds very convincing and you think maybe I entered this contest but forgot about it and finally I have hit it big! The fee that they want you to pay sounds like something that is reasonable and so you think well let me give this is shot. This is exactly what the scammers want you to think but this is a FRAUD. There are no real lottery winnings waiting for you and there is no Jeep Cherokee waiting for you.
The truth is that lottery winners are not randomly chosen from the general population. In order to win a state lottery (such as the state of Idaho), you must have purchased a lottery ticket. Therefore, if you don't remember having recently purchased a lottery ticket, there is no possible way it could be legitimate.
The biggest red flag here is that no real state lottery ever requires you to pay ANY money up front to claim your prize. Any upfront taxes or processing charges would simply be deducted from your large winnings that have already won. It's never necessary to pay money to get money like this. Another red flag is that they are asking you to send the money using Moneygram, an unregulated a wire transfer service and to a specific person. No state lotteries ever ask for any money to be sent using Moneygram to claim your winnings. A real state lottery would ask you to appear in person and show them the winning lottery ticket so they can verify you are in fact the winner.
Therefore, I recommend that you DO NOT SEND THEM ANY MONEY.
I recommend that you immediately cease further contact with this scammer and report the matter to the local police and the local FBI office in your state. You can locate your local FBI office using this link: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field
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