A 79-year old Murfreesboro woman fell for a costly scam. Unknown persons apparently called the victim and told her that she had just won $165-thousand. The caller told the woman that they were with Publisher’s Clearing House. The victim evidently believed them and mailed them close to $3,000 to reportedly pay the taxes on her winnings.
The woman’s luck didn’t get any better the following week., She was called back by the same person and told that she had won $8-million and a brand new BMW. She once again fell for the ploy and sent the unknown caller over $12,000 to pay for taxes on the make believe money.
After mailing her check in, the victim was mailed a check for $8,000 and given instructions to buy $7,500 worth of gift cards. The culprit told the victim to call him back after she bought the gift cards so that he could get the gift card numbers from her over the phone.
When she went to the bank, the teller told her the check was a fake. That was when she realized that she would not be getting her $15,000 back that she sent to Hanover, Jamaica.