Citizens warned of scams

What seemed like a normal Tuesday for one 86-year-old Conover woman turned into a nightmare. She spent the day chasing after a large sum of money only to find out she was a victim of a scam.

The scam victim said she received a phone call about 9 a.m. Tuesday morning from a man who said she won a large sum of money. The scam victim said the man also said she should have received mail telling her of her prize money. The catch: she had to send a percentage of the winnings to cover the insurance for the prize money.

“Any time that you have anything solicited in the mail, you should just throw it away,” said Conover Police Capt. Loftin. “If you’ve won something you shouldn’t have to pay for it.”

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