FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is warning elderly people of telephone scams that promise contest prizes.
The sheriff’s office issued a statement saying an 80-year old woman was scammed of her entire life’s savings. A caller who identified himself as Mark Maxwell of Lottery International was offering a million-dollar prize and a new car to his victim. In exchange for the winnings, the victim was to send in money to cover taxes on the prizes.
Over time, the man claiming to be Maxwell received $100,000 from his victim between May 1 and July 26.
There’s no such business in operation and no prizes to be awarded. Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s financial crimes unit traced the call to Jamaica and are still gathering information from that area.
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