Elderly woman in Scottsboro targeted with financial scam

Published: Nov. 21, 2014 at 3:09 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2014 at 3:10 AM CST
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SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - With the holidays approaching, police are reminding everyone to be on the lookout for scammers.

It is too late for one elderly Scottsboro woman after she received a call and was told she won a million dollars. Scottsboro police said this is the recent complaint of a woman in her 80's.

Investigators said the woman was told to send the money in several batches through the post office, which she did. It came as no surprise that the, so called, lottery officials never sent her the million dollars.

Police said the money was tracked to California and later sent to its ultimate destination of Jamaica. They said it's really tough on the woman financially because she's on a fixed income and this was part of her savings.

"We would just tell the public that if you don't enter a contest and somebody calls and tells you that you've won something that should be a red flag." said Scottsboro Police Department's Lt. Erik Dohring. "We would hope that you would really look into it before you decided to send any money."

Investigator Dohring said this is the time of the season people from organizations ask for money. He urges people know who they're giving to before they do.

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