Minnesota Woman Loses $100,000 To Phone Scam
A MINNESOTA WOMAN LOSES THOUSANDS TO PHONE SCAM SWEEPSTAKES
An Elderly Minnesota woman has been scammed out of over $100,000 dollars.
The scam began back in 2018 when she received a call that she had won a sweepstakes jackpot of 1.5 million dollars, as well as a Mercedes Benz. Maybe that was the icing on the cake.
The woman was told she needed to send money through mail orders in order to claim her prizes. She sent money orders that ranged anywhere from $70 to $21,000.
You may be asking; Why didn't the bank stop the woman from doing this? Well....they tried to tell her it was a scam, but she just didn't want to believe it. She was very reluctant to get police involved and since she was the only person on the account, the bank legally had no way to stop the transactions.
WHAT CAN WE ALL LEARN FROM THIS?
If you have a parent or another elderly person that you are very close with, try to help them stay on top of their finances. Listen to what they are saying. Try to offer advice so this doesn't happen to someone you love. These types of thefts can often be avoided just by staying involved in your loved ones life, and listening to them.