Scam Alert: Nigerian Sweepstakes
Don’t mess with Darlene Smith or her money. A scammer learned that lesson the hard way.
“It’s so ridiculous,” Smith said. “Nobody’s gonna get $18 million and a car delivered to them just because they happen to have your name.”
We wanted to hear from the alleged scam artist who admitted he was calling from Jamaica, a notorious hotbed for international theft and fraud.
He told us if Smith wanted to bag her loot, she’d have to send him cash to cover taxes and travel insurance.
In Your Corner reporter, Scott Hines, demanded the scam artist stop bothering Smith.
“Okay, well she’s not going to wire the money,” Hines said. “She just wants you to leave her alone.”
The scammer replied, “Just let me ask you one question. Am i speaking with a police officer or something?”
The conversation ended shortly thereafter.
Remember, there are all sorts of people gunning for your money.
Always trust your gut. You have to actually play a sweepstakes or lottery in order to win.
Finaly, keep a close eye on your elderly neighbors and family members.
They’re often the most vulnerable to scams.