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An elaborate phone scam takes it to the limit

Posted in Scams April 28th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

According to the Winona Daily News, a Goodview couple was a target of an elaborate phone scam. These low-life criminals posed as representatives from Publishers Clearing House, the Internal Revenue Service and even the Goodview police chief to try to bilk the couple of $3,000.

As most phone scams go, you receive a call from a “representative” from some type of company claiming that you have won money but before you can collect the money you need to send them money upfront. This is the first sign that the call is a scam. You should tell them no and hang up.

However, these scammers took it even further. The couple also got a call from a “representative” from the IRS confirming the reward and telling the couple to go ahead and send the money. Soon after, the couple also got a phone call from someone claiming to be the police chief of Goodview. He told them that he was checking out the legitimacy of the reward claim. The phony police chief said that the story checked out and to send the $3,000 to Publishers Clearing House. Soon after they also received another call from the IRS.

At this point, the couple called the Goodview police directly. They found that this was just an elaborate scam. All the calls came from unlisted numbers. Currently the police are trying to track down the phone records to catch these criminal scammers.

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