At the end of September, an 80-year-old man from Västerås in central Sweden received an email announcing that he had won around 5 million kronor in a lottery.
The email instructed the man to send money abroad in order to collect his prize.
He transferred funds on several occasions to a bank account in England, according to local media. In total, the octogenarian parted with 800,000 kronor ($110,000).
When the 80-year-old then his daughter for a loan in order to transfer even more, she reported the incident to the police.
“You never cease to be surprised. He will never see that money again,” Börje Strömberg, press officer for the Västerås police, told the Västmanlands Läns Tidning (VLT).
Strömberg added that there was little that police could do except to warn people about such scams.