Warning for New Twist on Old Scam

By: Lauren Schmoll Email
By: Lauren Schmoll Email

KENOVA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Attorney General's Office is calling it a new twist on an old scheme. As we hear so often, the scammers’ number one target is the elderly.

“I have seen everything,” attempted scam victim Jean Adkins said. “Believe me. I worked in a bank, and I have seen a lot of things done to older people.”

It all started with a phone call... telling her she'd won $971,000,000 and a new BMW -- but there was a catch.

“They said, now we have to come and get the cash for having the BMW delivered,” Adkins said.

She told them to leave her alone. But a few days later there was another surprise -- a check in the mail from an elderly woman in Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I called her and I asked her why she mailed me a check for two thousand dollars,” Adkins said. “And she said, ‘I won $791,000,000 and a BMW and all I have to do is send you $2,000.’”

Then the scammers called back, wanting to pick up the cash.

“I said no, I'm going to the police department,” Adkins said.

Unfortunately, cases like Jean's are all too common. In Kenova, police say they've had four or five cases just like hers in the last couple of weeks. One man was scammed out of $3,500.

Jean has a message for the scammers.

“You all need to realize that one of these days, you're going to be old... And you try to take advantage of people... And somebody's going to take advantage of you one of these days,” Adkins said.

The Attorney General’s Office says if something similar happens to you, don’t cash the check, call police and the Attorney General. Always beware of anything that sounds too good to be true.

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