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Scam Alert! Con Artists Attempt To Meet Victims In Person To Steal Cash

SPOKANE, Wash. - A local man called KHQ after he was told he won millions of dollars! It's a common scam and typically you never see the people behind the crime. But there's a twist in this case: the con artists tried to exchange the cash in person.

Don Paggett said he got a call Monday morning from someone claiming he had won millions as well as a brand new Mercedes. "I answer the phone and the first thing the guy says is 'You've won three million dollars!" Paggett said.

Paggett knew it was a scam right away but said he played along to find out more information. The man promised Paggett that no taxes would be collected on the three million dollars but said Paggett needed to pay $500 for taxes on the Mercedes. The scammer then asked to meet Paggett in person at a local pharmacy to exchange the money.

"I can just picture myself walking up with $500 cash in my hand and holding it out, waiting for the keys to drop in the other hand," he said. "You know that's not going to happen. And I've been around long enough to know that that don't work."

Spokane Police officers said they've heard of similar scams before and encourage anyone who receives a call or a letter from someone, whom they believe is trying to rip them off, to file a police report.

KHQ also called the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) about this scam. Officials there said they've never heard of this particular scam but said it is a perfect example of lottery scams and sweepstakes.

RESOURCES:

http://spokane.bbb.org/article/bbb-focus-on-sweepstakes-and-lottery-scams-28107

 

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