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.
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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.