LONG ISLAND (WCBS 880) — Police are warning residents about a lottery scam on Long Island.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

At least twice in Nassau County, residents have received phone calls or letters congratulating them on winning a big lottery jackpot, but police detective Vincent Garcia says it’s all a big scam.

“You might even receive a check saying this is partial winnings and then they said you must wire money to cover taxes,” said Garcia.

Garcia said one man lost $10,000.

“If you receive a letter saying you won for a drawing you never entered, it is a scam,” he said.

Officials say if you get a lottery scam call or letter, contact police.

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