Local Woman Falls For $350,000 Scam

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generic police lightsHASTINGS, Mich. – The following news release was sent to FOX 17 from Hastings  Police Chief Jerry Sarver.

On April 8th Hastings Officers responded to a reported fraud complaint.  Upon arrival the victim’s daughter advised Officers that she believed that her mother had been victimized.  The statements then revealed that the elderly mother may have been scammed out of more than $350,000.00.  It was revealed that numerous phone calls had been made to the woman by someone claiming to be agent of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, and  that the woman had won eight million dollars.  The woman was then asked to forward some money to cover the taxes.  Over the next several months the woman had been asked to send in more and more money to cover additional taxes and fees- and that her winnings were on the way.  Money had been sent in both check and cash form.  The  investigation is continuing.  LAW ENFORCEMENT NATION-WIDE HAVE BEEN PEADING WITH INDIVIDUALS TO NOT SEND MONEY TO UNKNOWN PERSONS OR BUSINESS.  IT SHOULD NOT COST YOU PERSONAL FUNDS TO CLAIM WINNINGS.  IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE- IT’S PROBALBY A SCAM.  The elderly are targeted habitually for this sort of crime.  The Hastings Police continue to encourage sons and daughters to monitor bank account statements of their elderly parents.  “Discuss the scams with them making them aware that they are vulnerable”.  

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4 comments

  • Pet63

    This is a major problem nationwide. It would seen that with all of the technology that is available now days that these people would not be able to get away with this anymore. Sadly, this is not the case. Please people, talk to your elderly relatives and try to make them understand that nothing is free. There is always a catch. Make them aware that when something like this happens that they need to contact a relative or the local law enforcement to verify this information before proceeding. How many more seniors are going to be scammed before the people are put out of business for good?

  • somone

    It makes no sense to me how a person would think this is not a scam. And then keep giving it away. Wow, perhaps a relative should be in control over the funds in such a case. Sad there are such low life people who would do this to an older person. Sad.

  • Reloader

    The people that do this kind of thing should be put in the stocks in the town square and horse-whipped! Then they should be should be nailed to a stump, in the swamp, and pushed over backwards. And that's all I have to say on the matter!!!