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Edgefield Man Scammed Over Fake Sweepstakes Winnings

web posted September 19, 2013

EDGEFIELD An Edgefield man is out over $1,000 after falling for a scam with the lure of his winning $2.5 million in a "Mega Millions Sweepstakes" on Monday. The caller told the man that he had won the prize but needed to send in money orders to cover the taxes and a second to cover for the insurance in order for the check to be mailed.

The next day the man wired the money, $250 for taxes to a man in New Jersey and a second wire transfer to a woman in Las Vegas Nevada in the amount of $400. The unknown caller called back and stated that the man spelled the name wrong on the wire to the woman in Nevada and was asked to send another $384, which he did.

The "package", which was to include his winnings was supposed to be delivered at 5 pm Tuesday. When it didn't he called the Edgefield Police to report it as a scam.

Officer's informed the man that he should contact Western Union immediately to try to put a stop on the transfers, however, "it did not seem like he wanted to," a police report stated.

The winnings never arrived and the man was out a total of $1,006 and a lesson learned. The case has been turned over to investigators.

Any lottery or sweepstakes do not require the winner to pay anything to receive their winnings. Taxes and other fees are deducted from the amount prior to the money being awarded.

The phone number of the scammer used was 936-649-5451. The 936 area code is listed in the state of Texas.

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