SOUTH WEBER – The Davis County Sheriff’s Office is again warning the public, especially senior citizens, about scammers who are telling people they have won a prize only to bilk them out of thousands of dollars in fees.
An older man living in South Weber is the latest victim in Davis County. He received notification he had won a second place prize of $500,000. All he had to do was send in $4,000 to secure the policy and pay the taxes, which he did, according to Davis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
The scammers then recontacted the victim and told him that the first place winner was unable to prove his citizenship, so he was the winner of the $1 million first prize and a new Mercedes Benz. He only needed to send more money, which he did, Poulsen said.
Additional callers identified themselves as being with the IRS Consumer Protection Agency and an insurance company, also requesting funds to facilitate payment of the prize.
Over four months the victim has sent more than $300,000 to the scammers, Poulsen said.
“We tend to joke about how anyone could be gullible enough to send anything to these obvious scams,” Poulsen wrote on the sheriff’s Facebook page, “but these scammers prey on the vulnerable in our society,” she said.
“The diabolical nature of their complete lack of humanity for one of our elderly folks makes me angry,” Poulsen said.
“Scammers will take them for everything they have worked all their lives to earn,” Poulsen said. Visit the Consumer Protection Agency at consumerprotection.utah.gov.