Man falls for sweepstakes scamPolice say an elderly Devils Lake man lost approximately $50,000 in a sweepstakes scam.
By: Forum News Service, The Jamestown Sun
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Police say an elderly Devils Lake man lost approximately $50,000 in a sweepstakes scam.
The man, who is in his 80s, made several payments over the past few months to the phony company after being notified he had won a “U.S. Sweepstakes” prize of $48.5 million, according to Detective Sue Schwab of the Devils Lake Police Department.
However, in order to collect the prize, he was told he would have to pay various fees to collect the money.
“There is actually a legitimate company with that name, but this was not that company,” Schwab said, adding that while the scammers used the legitimate business’s name, it also gave a phony address.