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Scammers Steal over $10,000 from Elderly Woman
web posted January 9, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Although every media outlet
across the country continues to warn citizens of scammers targeting
unsuspecting victims with the promise of new found wealth, some fail to
heed the warnings. An 88-year-old Merriwether woman called the
Sheriff's Office Monday morning to report receiving a phone call
telling her she had won a Sweepstakes but had to pay a fee in order to
receive the winnings. A sure fire tip that it was a scam, real
sweepstakes do not charge you, they give you the money and request
nothing in return.
The woman told the deputy that she was contacted in November and was
told about winning the prize money, but insisted she did not give any
personal, credit card or bank information to the caller.
Over the following weeks she received additional calls from people
claiming to be representatives of the Sweepstakes. Meanwhile, her
credit card and bank account were hit with several large transactions;
$1,908.27 on Nov. 28, $3,260 on Dec. 4, $5,312.27 on Dec. 7, and
another $500 at a later date. The total listed as stolen was $10,980.51
between the two accounts.
According to an incident report, the calls were placed from Kingston,
Jamaica, making prosecution on the thefts impossible.
The woman was advised to contact her credit card company and bank at
once to notify them of the fraud.
The case was turned over to the Sheriff's Criminal Investigative
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