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Law Enforcement: Scam Alert

KSAL Staff - April 8, 2016 11:30 am

Salina’s law enforcement community is joining together to warn the public about recent sweepstake scams – after a pair of women were bilked out of thousands of dollars.

Roger Soldan, Undersheriff for Saline County tells KSAL News that a 38-year-old female who lives northeast of Salina was contacted by a man over the phone who told her she had won $250,000 and a Mercedes-Benz automobile in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

The scammers then convinced her to send $980 to pay for taxes and fees. The woman realized she had fallen victim to fraud when she read a local news story about a similar case.

Salina Police Sergeant, James Feldman tells KSAL News that a 76-year-old Salina woman fell victim to a similar hoax after receiving a package in the mail – saying she had won $5 million dollars and a Mercedes-Benz automobile in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

The woman sent over $8,700 to the scammers before her daughter discovered where the money was being directed to.

“We have go to get the message out to those who may fall for this – that no legitimate sweepstakes is going to ask you to pay up front to win,” Sgt. Feldman said.