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Cove Resident Loses Over $150,000 In Telephone Sweepstakes Scam


A Copperas Cove resident has fallen victim to a telephone sweepstakes scam that's ended up costing her over $150,000.

According to the resident, each week over the course of this past year, she had been sending between $300 and $400 to multiple individuals who claimed she had won multiple sweepstakes worth up $2.5 million in prize money. When she never received any winnings in return, she said she then turned to police.

Last week the victim contacted the Copperas Cove Police Department and explained how scammers based out of Canada, Russia, Florida and Jamaica had each been calling her promising a multi-million dollar pay out. She said she would load money onto a prepaid credit card so that they could then access the money via the card.

They claimed once they received the amount of money they needed, they would then send the winnings back to the victim.

She said that she's tried to contact the individuals responsible for the scam, but now all the phone numbers used to make the scam calls are no longer active.

The resident said that she now knows this type of scam specifically targets older individuals from all over the country, and according to police, there's almost no possibility of her regaining any of the money she sent.

Due to the ongoing nature of the case, the Copperas Cove Police Department said they were unable to give any specific details related to the scam, but they did say that it is an active investigation.

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