It started with a call saying she had won a $2.5 million sweepstakes. She was skeptical. But they assured her that a store where she shopped had entered her to win.
The money would help her children, pay off her debts and allow her to travel, they said. She
had watched home makeover and instant millionaire TV shows. “Maybe it’s my turn to win,” she thought.
She sent a small fee to “process” the winnings, then a larger one to “pre-pay taxes,” then
another…and the calls kept coming. She had sent so much already, she couldn’t stop now and jeopardize her lottery winnings. So she sent more money.
By the end of this story, she had lost $150,000 and filed for bankruptcy. This is based on a true story of a woman in Maine. But this could happen anywhere. Seniors lose millions of dollars to phone scams each year.