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Elderly woman catches on to scam; calls police


Waco police found a scam that tries to con victim's by claiming they are Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstake winner's.

Police say scammers call victim's claiming they won the jackpot, but they have to keep it a secret.

Luckily an elderly woman was smart enough to not buy into that scam. The suspect or suspects targeted this woman living in a retirement home, and promised her money.

The conversation that followed raised a red flag.

The woman was told in order to claim the money she would have to keep quiet about it. Police say she was also told they would bring her a cab to go to a bank.

There she would have to open an account with $2,000, and get a deposit slip. After that a person would meet her to get the slip, and her winnings would show up in the account the next day.

She wasn't fooled, and called police. Officers came to her apartment and canceled that cab that was waiting outside.

According to police this isn't the only big name use criminals to rip people off.

"They will use Reader's Digest sweepstakes, they'll use all sorts of things," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton. "Once you give that information out then whatever you open up that account with gets withdrawn, its gone and you never know who did it."

If you are ever confronted with a suspicious phone call look out for these things:

i1) If the caller is telling you to keep your win a secret

2) If they offer you a cab somewhere to withdraw money or start an account, police say that's the oldest trick in the book.

3) If you enter a legitimate sweepstakes there aren't any strings attached to your win.

Waco police haven't made any arrests nor are there any suspects regarding the scam. They

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