Scammer Takes Money from Woman in Shelbyville

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The bank account of a Shelbyville woman has been completely depleted since January by a scammer who convinced her she'd won $150,000, Shelbyville police said Friday.

Calls began coming in January to the woman's cellphone. She was told to send $2,000 to FedEx to receive the money. That request was followed by demands for more money.

The victim took out bank loans to send $5,000 to the scammer. She told police she's now broke and can't send more money.

A text sent to the woman contained the name "Agent Gaynell Chaney of the Global Empowerment Grant Program."

Officer Chris Vest advised the victim not to send more money or have further contact with the caller.

Source: Partner Paper Shelbyville Times-Gazette


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