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Elderly Tomahawk woman scammed out of $1,000

TOMAHAWK, WI (WTAQ) - An elderly Tomahawk woman lost $1,000 in a contest scam – but she could have lost over $8,000 if her daughter hadn’t come to the rescue.

Lincoln County authorities said the victim got a phone call, claiming she won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes – but to get the prize, she had to send in $3,500 for processing.

After she took the bait, the caller later demanded a $4,000 money order, plus a pair of money cards totaling $1,000.

The woman told her daughter what happened. She called a bank to stop payment of the check and the money order. The scammer had already used the money cards.

Officials have told us many times that we should never claim a prize for a contest we don’t enter – and if we win, we should never pay anything to claim a prize.

Authorities say many elderly people might be too confused to get the message, and they could get hit upon by slick salesmen who are very good at preying on their targets.

Officials urge folks to teach their elderly relatives and friends about these scams.