Posted Friday, August 30, 2013 --- 1:20 p.m.
Madison Police say a 79-year-old woman was recently scammed out of more than $1,000 by criminals who convinced her she had won $3 million dollars and a car.
The scammers convinced her she had won the contest, even though the woman had never entered one.
First the victim sent a $150 check to an address in Georgia to cover a "foreign country tax" as her winnings were coming from overseas.
Next she loaded $900 on Green Dot Money Pak cards, and provided corresponding card account numbers to the "prize team."
These funds were needed for insurance and transfer fees, or so she was told.
Following the transactions, the victim was led to believe that her prize would arrive between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. this past Wednesday. When no prize patrol showed, she called police.
An officer found a phone number being used by the criminals. It is 1-876-887-5202.