Elderly Lebanon County woman lost in excess of $100,000 in scam

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A 77 year old West Cornwall Township woman, believing she was the winner of millions of dollars of cash and numerous luxury vehicles, has lost in excess of $100,000 since summer of 2012 to the phony sweepstakes scams. The woman’s family contacted police Friday evening to report the loss, the exact amount of which is unknown until an accurate accounting can be made. The scammers convinced the victim she had to pay a variety of taxes, shipping, delivery and processing fees in order to receive the “winnings”. The victim provided the money to the fraudulent sweepstakes company through the use of Green Dot MoneyPak cards and through direct shipments of cash. The investigation continues.

Police remind residents to please remember these points:
• You cannot win a contest you have not entered!
• ANY mention by a caller telling you to “wire” money via Western Union — is a scam!
• ANY mention by a caller telling you to purchase GREEN DOT MONEY PAK CARDS — is a scam!


  • MyTakeOnIt

    Seriously. The elderly need some sort of life coaches to assist them with avoiding these things and deal with the changes in society. It appears that family is not always around to help.

  • Darly

    Bottom line here is that the elderly are way too trusting. My Mother is 87, she has been approached by a number of different folks offing a range of different scams in the past 2-3 years. One was a sweepstakes, and if she would go to Western Union and wire the funds necessary to cover the cost of processing, they would be at her door with the prize; in this case, the clerk at Western Union told Mom it was a scam, and she would not wire the money. Another time, it was the Green Dot card scam. Yet another time, she wrote a check for $150 and mailed it to NC, in this case I immediately stopped payment on the check. In all instances, someone became involved so my Mom did not lose a lot of money, but it would just take once for someone to take every cent she and my Father worked so hard to earn. I now have Power Of Attorney, but I'm still vigilant on Mom's behalf. Others need to do the same for their aging parents, and other seniors. Look out for their interests like the gal at Western Union did for my Mom. Unless you've had the privilege of having an elderly person depend up you, don't throw rocks at the seniors or the folks who try to assist them. Nough said!

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