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Publisher’s Clearing House Scam Targets Local Senior Citizen

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WACO (November 29, 2012)-Waco police issued a warning Thursday after a resident of a local retirement center was targeted in a scam in which she was promised a $695,000 Publisher's Clearing House prize, but was told she needed to make a down payment in order to claim her winnings.

The woman, 100 year-old Waco resident Thelma Little, received a call from someone who told her she had won the prize and that a Yellow Cab was being sent to pick her up to take her to her bank.

The caller told Little she needed with withdraw $2,000 in order to claim her winnings.

The caller then told Little not to tell anyone about the prize and to call back when the cab arrived.

But Little hasn't lost her street smarts, even at the age of 100.

"I didn't get excited about it right away," Little said.

"I just had a feeling I didn't win that much money."

Yellow Cab, meanwhile, received a call requesting the cab and asking that the driver call back when the woman was picked up.

But Little had already taken down the caller's number and phoned Waco Police

"I don't get in a taxi like that alone not knowing anything about the people I'm dealing with. Nope, I'm not going to do that," Little said.

Waco Police told the cab company to cancel the cab.

The caller phoned the cab company again after not getting a callback from either the woman or the company and requested a second cab.

No suspect information has been released yet, but Waco Police say scams like these need public attention.

"We want our public to know that scammers are out there. If it seems to good to be true, then it probably is a scam," Sgt. Patrick Swanton of Waco Police said.

Not to mention you can't win from the Publisher's Clearing House unless you enter, something Little says she never did.

"I think they just feel like an elderly person will fall for anything," Little said.

"Well this one didn't fall."

If you have any information regarding this case, call Waco Police at (254)-750-7500.


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