A Logansport woman has reported she was the victim of a scam not once, but twice.

Twenty-nine-year-old Melinda M. Gianesin, Logansport, told Logansport police she had received a couple of letters in the mail advising she had won the lottery.

One of the letters advised she had won $1 million from the Australian lottery and instructed her to send $4,400 for administrative and legal fees in order to claim her prize. Included in the letter was a check for $4,800, which she cashed at her bank and used to pay the fees.

According to a Logansport Police Department report, Gianesin sent the money via Western Union, but never received her winnings. When she contacted the number on the letter, the individual advised her a fax was being sent to her and the LPD to confirm that the money was being sent.

Gianesin said approximately a half hour after the phone conversation, a Hispanic man wearing a police uniform arrived at her door and showed her a fax indicating that the check had been sent. She said the man, who identified himself as Carlos, was medium build, had short hair and was clean shaven.

According to Gianesin, no check was ever sent and she was later contacted by her bank, advising that the $4,800 check she had cashed was fraudulent. She was told by the bank that she would be responsible for paying back the money.

Shortly thereafter, police say Gianesin was scammed a second time when she received a second letter in the mail, that was similar to the first but did not include a check. Instead, Gianesin was instructed to fill out a form requesting her bank account information in order to claim her prize.

Gianesin filled out the form and submitted it, but has since contacted her bank to stop any unauthorized transactions with her account.

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