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Alert employee tips off police to scam

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 12:00:52-04

An Ontario man has been arrested by Cheektowaga Police, accused of trying to scam a woman from Iowa.

Officials say an employee of the UPS store on Union road called police when he felt something wasn't right about a package delivered to the store Tuesday.

Investigators learned the package contained over $8,300 in cash and was sent from an 81-year-old woman from Iowa who had been scammed. 

Detectives waited in the back room of the store until 26-year-old Daniel Dumesh, of Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada, arrived to pick up the package.

The victim says she received a phone call from someone claiming to be an agent for the IRS. She was told that she had won the Australian lottery and that she had to send the cash to the UPS store on Union Road. The woman was told that cash would be used for attorney's fees to process the transaction.

Dumesh was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny. The victim will have her money returned.