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Police: Elderly Stamford Woman Falls For Scam, Sends $25,000

Stamford Police are investigating a scam where a woman sent a $25,000 in return for a promised $33 million prize.
Stamford Police are investigating a scam where a woman sent a $25,000 in return for a promised $33 million prize. Photo Credit: Stamford Police

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A day after she sent a $25,000 check to what she believed was Publishers Clearing House, an elderly Stamford woman was contacted Saturday and told that a Mercedes-Benz vehicle would be delivered to her, accompanied by three FBI agents, Stamford Police said.

The 81-year-old woman contacted police Saturday to say she had been contacted by someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House on and off over the last month and had been told her she had won a $33 million prize.

They contacted her again Friday and asked her to send $25,050.21 to someone in Clinton, Md., in order to win the prize., Sgt. Robert Shawinsky. She sent a certified check in that amount, he said.

On Saturday, she said she was contacted by the same group and told a Mercedes-Benz vehicle would be delivered to her that day and that it would be accompanied by three FBI agents, police said.

No car was delivered, police say. The case is under investigation. It wasn't clear from the report whether the $25,000 check had been cashed.

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