HAMILTON, Ont. -- A British Columbia man is facing charges in an alleged plot to bilk an elderly Hamilton woman in a lottery scam.

Hamilton police say the 88-year-old woman received a letter last month indicating she had won $1.5 million and she was told she needed to send $22,000 to cover insurance and other costs.

When she didn't receive her winnings on the arranged date she told a family member what had happened and Hamilton police were contacted.

Canada Post was contacted and intercepted the package at a post office in Surrey, B.C., and police say the money was returned to the Hamilton woman.

A few days later, an RCMP officer in the Surrey post office investigating an unrelated matter was approached by a postal employee who pointed out a man who was attempting to retrieve the package.

Mohamed Moseray, 28, of Richmond, B.C., is charged with fraud, identity fraud and uttering a forged document.