Woman warns others of sweepstakes call - WKRN News 2

Woman warns others of sweepstakes call

Posted: Updated: March 25, 2013 07:19 PM

An elderly Nashville woman wants to fight back after she has been the target of a phone scam twice saying she could win a huge sweepstakes prize.

Barbara Archey knew the phone call she received Saturday morning sounded too good to be true.

The 75-year-old woman had heard the pitch before from a man who identified himself as being from a sweepstakes group offering prizes.

The caller's pitch went like this: He would give her two and a half million dollars along with a new car, if she would somehow put $499 dollars in her mailbox.

Barbara said was the same man who had reached her by phone a month earlier.

"I knew he was fraud then, just did not think he would ever call me back again," Barbara explained.

She said she told him she didn't have any money the first time he called.

"I just lead him on you know, and he said ‘How much money do you have?' Bout ten dollars," she added.

Barbara said the man, who spoke with an accent she did not recognize, said that amount was not enough, so he asked her to "borrow the money from a neighbor or get a loan."

She said the man persisted, even giving her a name and telephone number to call when she got the money.

The individual could not wait for her call, though, and called again on Saturday.

He asked her to obtain a prepaid money debit worth $499 to get the $2.5 million dollar sweepstakes prizes along with a free car.

"I just don't want people taken for their money," cautioned Barbara. "And I knew he was a fraud and a lot of other people may not know it. They might believe him."

Barbara said that along with calling Nashville's News 2, she also wants to pursue the issue with Metro police.

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