State police alert residents to scams

State police are warning Pennsylvania residents against telemarketing and sweepstakes scams.

Elderly victims, state police said, are the most likely to be targeted as fraud victims.

State police used a 65-year old woman’s story as an example, saying she received a phone call in December 2013 to notify her that she won the New York Mega Millions Lottery.

The scam artist told her to send $150 for the prize, and she sent it. The woman continued to receive phone calls to pay taxes for her prize money before she received her winnings. The woman lost $295,000, the majority of it sent through Green Dot MoneyPaks.

State police said people should never pay money or taxes on free prizes, give out credit card information and should call police to report suspicious calls.