Alabama police, FBI warn citizens against scams

Are you sending money overseas? If so, you may be the victim of a scam.

If you have received a message saying you have won an international lottery you didn't enter, if you have been asked to pay money to receive an inheritance from another country or if you are receiving a commission for accepting money transfers through your bank or PayPal account, then you might be in trouble.

The FBI issued a fraud alert and the Lanett, Ala. Police Department sent out a warning telling citizens to be aware of scams.

The police say these types of crimes are difficult to prosecute due to multi-jurisdictional and international complexities. The victim is often left to pay the money back.

If you feel you are a victim, contact your local police department and report the offense with the FBI at www.IC3.gov.