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Elderly woman tells lottery scam artist to get a job and quit bothering her

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Scam artists have been targeting a small community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and police are warning residents to be aware.

The phone scams are concerning, especially for older people, and also nearly impossible to prosecute. Most of the time the person on the other line, is not in this country.

In the past week, two people have gone to the Manor Township Police saying that someone tried to scam them over the phone. One person was told their son was in an accident and they needed to send money to help him.

The other person, an 80-year-old woman, was told she won $900,000 in a lottery and only had to send $300 to collect the prize money. She told the person on the other line to get a job and quit bothering her. A quick check revealed the call came from Jamaica.

"If it sounds too good to be true, a lot of times it is," explained Sergeant Carolyn Gundel of Manor Township Police. "There's no way for us to catch who's doing it."

To avoid being a victim, Sgt. Gundel recommends several precautions. Never give any personal information over the phone like your social security or credit card numbers; never wire money, because once it's gone it's gone; and ask questions, if it is a scam you will know quickly.

"They are frightening, these older people in their own homes and they're not even possibly in this country," Gundel said. "But these people are now fearful that somebody knows where they live and if they don't pay the money they are going to come after them."

Sgt. Gundel went on to say a while back one person in Manor Township fell for one of these scams to the tune of $5000.

CBS

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sully16's avatar - sharan
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Posted: January 22, 2013, 10:46 am - IP Logged

Many people need to quit being scam artists and get jobs. Good for her.

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    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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    Posted: January 22, 2013, 11:23 am - IP Logged

    Many people need to quit being scam artists and get jobs. Good for her.

    Scam artists are usually self-employed, running scams are their jobs.

    * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
    * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
        Wink 

      fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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      Posted: January 22, 2013, 11:26 am - IP Logged

      Next time, tell them not to bother you with such a small amount of money. You need to keep the phone line open so you can hear from a Nigerian prince who will send you millions!

        RedStang's avatar - 20140808 010507Custom_zps4cde8ec4.jpg
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        Posted: January 22, 2013, 11:49 am - IP Logged

        She should of notified the "Amish Mafia". They'll straighten them out.

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          Posted: January 22, 2013, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

          "If it sounds too good to be true, a lot of times it is," explained Sergeant Carolyn Gundel of Manor Township Police. "There's no way for us to catch who's doing it."

          This sentence that I quoted from the news article above,shows that sometimes it's possible for criminals to get a way with crimes they committed,which shouldn't have been the case.

          when replying to post's please criticise ideas not people.

          in this room we are here to share and learn.

          There are no born heroes or winners........it takes a hammer a chisel,a vision and a will to suffer the blows and be carved into one!..........

          I have tried using 10 major lottery softwares used around the globe.I have spent many years studying them and know i am regretting the time i have wasted on them.

          whos is Abdi?This boy  is  proudly kenyan,he is currently creating shockwaves across the United States of America.


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            Posted: January 22, 2013, 1:48 pm - IP Logged

            Scam artists are usually self-employed, running scams are their jobs.

            I Agree! Hiding from the law is a full time job.


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              Posted: January 22, 2013, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

              "If it sounds too good to be true, a lot of times it is," explained Sergeant Carolyn Gundel of Manor Township Police. "There's no way for us to catch who's doing it."

              This sentence that I quoted from the news article above,shows that sometimes it's possible for criminals to get a way with crimes they committed,which shouldn't have been the case.

              I Agree! But it IS the case when people wire money out of the country. There is no way to retrieve it.


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                Posted: January 22, 2013, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

                Many people need to quit being scam artists and get jobs. Good for her.

                If they only would......... The world would be a BETTER place.

                  HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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                  Posted: January 22, 2013, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

                  Many people need to quit being scam artists and get jobs. Good for her.

                  I'm glad that this sheriff is giving honest advice that NOTHING can be done to protect their residents in this plague.  As always, it's buyer beware.  People of all ages, it's okay to answer your phone, but probably better to let ALL unrecognized phone #s go to one's answering machine. Later calling ONLY one's friends or vendor relationships back.

                  Or if became a scam artist, be able to go to a local location where they may request a quick, pain free suicide pill ... even if they are in that location illegally.  It's a strange country that will do the same for a lesser animal, but not a human animal.  Each country is overpopulated anyhow, why not let volunteers willing to 'remove themselves from the ole treadmill' come forward easily (each country's organized religions and governments shouldn't be afraid if it is 1/3 of their adult residents)?

                  Rant

                  Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

                    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                    Posted: January 22, 2013, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

                    I'm glad that this sheriff is giving honest advice that NOTHING can be done to protect their residents in this plague.  As always, it's buyer beware.  People of all ages, it's okay to answer your phone, but probably better to let ALL unrecognized phone #s go to one's answering machine. Later calling ONLY one's friends or vendor relationships back.

                    Or if became a scam artist, be able to go to a local location where they may request a quick, pain free suicide pill ... even if they are in that location illegally.  It's a strange country that will do the same for a lesser animal, but not a human animal.  Each country is overpopulated anyhow, why not let volunteers willing to 'remove themselves from the ole treadmill' come forward easily (each country's organized religions and governments shouldn't be afraid if it is 1/3 of their adult residents)?

                    Rant

                    "...request a quick, pain free suicide pill..."

                    We have Death Panels now to handle those little unpleasantries of life.

                    You don't even have to bother thinking about when it's your time to go.

                    Some government bureaucrats will decide that for you.

                    They know what's best for the police state us anyway.

                      maringoman's avatar - kobold
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                      Posted: January 22, 2013, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                      I am glad she was smart enough to know a scam when she saw (heard) one. I feel little sympathy for those who fall for scams. I was raised to know lunch is never free and money does not fall from the trees.

                        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                        Posted: January 22, 2013, 4:09 pm - IP Logged

                        I am glad she was smart enough to know a scam when she saw (heard) one. I feel little sympathy for those who fall for scams. I was raised to know lunch is never free and money does not fall from the trees.

                        Not every scam offer a free lunch or a money tree, just a cheap lunch or a tree that will grow in value.  They are the hardest kinds of scams to spot and they're usually local.

                        * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
                        * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
                            Wink 

                          mediabrat's avatar - 18z0typ
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                          Posted: January 22, 2013, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

                          "...request a quick, pain free suicide pill..."

                          We have Death Panels now to handle those little unpleasantries of life.

                          You don't even have to bother thinking about when it's your time to go.

                          Some government bureaucrats will decide that for you.

                          They know what's best for the police state us anyway.

                          "Death panels" have existed for many, many years.  It started when insurance companies began caring more about profit than people.

                          "I think if you think the Internet is a place where it's ok to be cruel to other humans, that's just so sad. You must really be suffering." -- Xeni Jardin

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                            Posted: January 22, 2013, 5:44 pm - IP Logged

                            I Agree! But it IS the case when people wire money out of the country. There is no way to retrieve it.

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