Residents warned about telephone scam

Senior citizens receiving calls that they have won a prize, but they need to get a pre-paid credit card to claim the money.
Becky Vargo
Dec 6, 2012



Ottawa County residents need to be leery of a scam being reported recently, said. Sgt. John Wolffis of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

People, mostly senior citizens, are receiving calls saying they have won a significant prize — such as cash, vehicles or property,” Wolffis said.

They are told that the prize-bearers are in the area and will be delivering the prize, but the winner first has to get a pre-paid credit card with a specific amount of cash on it. The scammers then call back and get the number on the card, saying they will be by soon to deliver the prize. They never arrive, Wolffis said.

“The suspects sound very believable,” Wolffis said. “They are very skilled in convincing the victim that this is a legitimate call.”

The Sheriff’s Department warns people not to give personal or credit card info to unknown callers, he said.



Yeah, my grandma got a call like that, too. She was told to go to Walmart and purchase this greendot moneypak card and give them caller the number at back so grandma could claim her winnings. Wow! Would have been nice to get that money but she knew better. Instead, she went to the police and reported the scam. She also asked me to post the phone number at to raise a warning. Which I did.


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