Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quick Action By Winston Sheriff and Louisville Post Office Saves a Local Woman from a Scam

Quick action by family members, the Winston County Sheriff's Office and the Louisville Post Office saved a local woman of the loss of $6000 last week from a phone scammer.  (To protect the privacy of those involved no names are disclosed.)

  The Winston County woman was contacted by an individual who  told a familiar story. Stating that she had won a prize of as much as $450,000, the phone scammer needed cash to hold/access the award  and that $8000 would be required to receive the $450,000. When the victim indicated that she only had $6000, the scam artist talked the victim into sending the full amount by priority mail to an address in New York state.

The victim's family learned of the situation and determined that the
money had been withdrawn from a bank account and the cash had been mailed. Family members immediately contacted the Winston County Sheriff's Office and made them aware of the circumstances. Officers contacted the Louisville Post Office and Post Master Betty Roach, who tracked down the priority package enroute before it could be delivered.

Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that his office receives calls and materials on a weekly basis about a variety of scams...."If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." said Pugh. "We are contacted about ten times a week about some type of scam."   Unfortunately, almost all of these originate from outside the County's jurisdiction.

These cases are turned over to postal inspectors, the FBI or the state/federal agency that has authority. Said Pugh, "We'd love to put a deputy on that address in New York but it's obviously not feasible.

The funds have since been returned to the victim.


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