DANNY Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has unknowingly been used has been used to try and defraud an American woman of money.
Fraudsters used Mr Alexander’s photo when they contacted Francis Rain in Whitley County, Kentucky, claiming she had won a Mercedes car and $2.5m
She said the same man called back a few days later to say that he needed some money and he appeared to be calling from a Jamaican number.
He said his name was Tony and, to prove he was legitimate, he sent what he said was a picture of himself. In fact, it was a photo of Mr Alexander, pictured right.
The man on the phone told Ms Rains he needed her money to pay off the taxes on the prizes before she could receive anything.
Ms Rains said two other men claiming to be FBI personnel and a lawyer also called her to talk about the prize.
"I sent some money. I know it was a dumb thing to do, but I sent it," Ms Rains added.