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Scammers Continue to Target the Elderly

web posted January 16, 2014

COUNTY Edgefield Daily has reported on countless scams targeting our senior citizens over the years. So far this week, at least two citizens over 70 reported being targeted by possible scammers over the phone. Both reports are people claiming the victim has won a prize or is offering additional Social Security benefits hoping to get personal information or money.

In one report released on Wednesday, a 78-year-old man was contacted from a number in West Virginia telling the man he was due additional Social Security benefits. When he refused the caller disconnected the call. He then called to report the possible scam.

Within the same hour, a 74-year-old woman was called telling her she had won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes with $1 million in cash and a Mercedes. She was instructed that all taxes had been paid from the winnings, but she needed to send $350 via Western Union in order to receive the car. The woman refused and hung up.

Undeterred, the caller made repeated calls until the woman's husband took over and told the caller that law enforcement was being contacted. The caller never called again.

The phone number listed reportedly was coming from a location in Jamaica.

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