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I received a phone call o/a 26 Feb 2018 by someone (male)

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I received a phone call o/a 26 Feb 2018 by someone (male) claiming to be a deputy assistant (?) investigator for the Virginia Department of State. I usually do not answer calls from numbers I do not recognize, but this time I did. The individual identified himself as Patrick M. Shannahan and stated he was calling to notify me that I was a second place winner in some sweepstakes or other and that funds in the form of a check in the amount of $750,000 was waiting to be delivered to me as soon as I paid a handling charge of $1581.00 by MoneyGram to a "bonded trusted agent". I was stupid enough to actually pay it. I was told some three days later that the money had been received and that my check for the $750K was at the airport in Tucson, AZ. But to have it delivered to me by FedEx, I initially needed to pay a fee for taxes in the amount of approx. $34,000. A couple of days later, that was reduced to $17,250 and after some haggling that was reduced by $8,000. I paid $975 and still no check to me. To make an even longer story short, I have not sent any further monies. In addition, there is some other individual who claims to be James P. Kennedy, a US Attorney for the western region of New York who had been assigned this case. The name of the company who purportedly awarded the $750K is National Sweepstakes Company, owned by David Eidman and wife Marge (?) Eidman (listed as President).

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

Is this a scam, as I suspect, and am I out of luck recouping any of my money. I am a resident of Surprise, Arizona.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

None yet.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Only that if he requests further info, I may be reached at(###) ###-####and my name is*****

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