Scammers are using the name of a recent B.C. lottery winner who took home $31.7 million to target unsuspecting victims via email.

Virginia resident Michelle Gantzer told CTV News she was emailed by a man who claimed to represent Harry Black, a 66-year-old Surrey man who won the Lotto 6/49 jackpot in April.

Gantzer was told Black had picked a handful of lucky strangers to share his fortune with.

“I emailed him and he emailed back as Harry Black and just said that I was chosen, along with three other people, to receive $2 million as long as I donated some of the money,” Gantzer said.

“Of course I thought it was a scam, but my curiousity was up so I went along with it.”

Gantzer said she decided to play along until the sender asked for her social security number or a cash deposit. Soon enough, she was asked to provide $450 to open an account so Black could deposit the cash.

She declined.

The Better Business Bureau said the scam is particularly clever because the email references both a real lottery winner and an actual United Kingdom-based bank.

A similar scam was crafted after news broke in 2010 that Nova Scotia jackpot winners Allen and Victoria Large were giving away their entire $11 million haul.

BBB spokesman Mark Fernandes said advance-fee scammers were still using the couple’s name as recently as March.

“Most people when they hear a very familiar name, someone that’s a past winner, they can reference a website or a past news story and it adds a little more legitimacy to the email scam,” Fernandes said.

Anyone who believes they’re being targeted by scammers is advised to contact the Better Business Bureau and police.

With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Penny Daflos