An elderly Chesterton woman has apparently been scammed of $13,000,
Chesterton Police said.
According to police, on Wednesday the 79-year-old woman reported that in
February she received a letter from "Capital One Holding and Trust" to the
effect that she had an unclaimed Australian Sweepstakes prize in the amount
of $2.5 million.
The woman completed a payment processing form and faxed it as directed and
was then contacted by a "representative" of the Australian Sweepstakes, who
informed her that she needed to overnight a cashiers check for $13,323 to a
sweepstakes attorney in Louisiana.
She did so, police said.
The woman has not received her prize, however, and after contacting the
sweepstakes rep was told that the money was being held up in customs, police
"The Chesterton Police Department reminds everyone to be cautious when
responding to unsolicited mailings concerning sweepstakes and contests," the
CPD said today. "Whenever these are received, citizens should make every
effort to make sure that the organization is legitimate and the mailing is
not a scam or a fraud. Citizens can report suspected business fraud to the
Indiana Attorney General's Office as well as their local police agencies."
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