JPD: Woman cleans out bank account for scammers | Crime
The promise of riches is apparently what drove a Jonesboro woman to pawn several items and clean out her bank account.
But police say that was a mistake she shouldn’t have made.
The 32-year-old woman told police she received a phone call at 9 a.m. Tuesday from a man claiming he was from Publisher’s Clearing House.
The man told the woman she had not only won a million dollars but a new car.
There was just one stipulation.
In order to collect her winnings the woman had to pony up some of her own money.
The victim told police she “pawned some items and got all the money she had in her bank” to buy 2 Green Dot Money Pak cards.
She put $175 on one of the cards and $600 on the other.
She then called the unnamed suspect and gave him the card numbers.
Then she apparently waited for her car and cash to arrive.
By 3:30 p.m., when the prize patrol failed to knock at her door, the woman said she checked the balance on the cards.
The money was gone.
According to the police report, the victim has contacted Money Pak and they have started a claim on the cards.
This is not a new scam.
Law enforcement officials everywhere have the same thing to say: Hang up the phone.
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