Phone Scam Caught on Tape

Pamela Griffin says she wasn't fooled when the company called asking her for $250.

"When they called, they said that by me being a valid Wal-Mart shopper, they do random drawings, and my name was pulled to win $10.5 million," Griffin explains.

Newscenter 11 was there during a phone conversation with the company running the scam. Here is a transcript of part of the conversation.

(Griffin): "Can I ask you a question?"
(Scammer): "Yes ma'am?"
(Griffin): "You were asking me about the money. Is there any way that I can bring the money to you?"
(Scammer): "If you can bring the money? No, you have to purchase a delivery card because we are not allowed to take any cash from you, any kind, any personal information, we are just allowed to take the delivery card, O.K.?"
(Griffin): "What kind of delivery card?"
(Scammer): "O.K., that is a green dot MoneyPak cash card, O.K.?"

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says she did the right thing in contacting the attorney general's office.

"You know, any time you hear something that sounds too good to be true, it's too good to be true. We strongly encourage individuals if they receive mail through the U.S. Postal Service or you receive phone calls, go ahead and contact your area law enforcement and run the scenario by them," says Sheriff Sollie.

When Newscenter 11 identified ourselves to the caller, the caller hung up.


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