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Telephone scammer poses as Publisher's Clearing House

Posted: February 19, 2014 - 12:16pm

A Conway man reported to police he fell victim to a telephone scammer who claimed to represent Publisher's Clearing House out of Jamaica. 

According to the Conway Police Department incident report, the victim, 52, stated a woman named Vivian Walker told him he won $500,000 and a 2014 Mercedes Benz. 

The victim was instructed by Walker to go to Dollar General on Skyline Drive and put $800 on a Paypal gift card and read her the number. 

When the victim told Walker he did not have that much money, the woman agreed he could put $150 on the card. 

The victim drove to Dollar General with Walker on the phone, purchased the PayPal card and gave her the number, the report states. 

After the transaction was complete, he was advised to go home and wait for the prize patrol.

The man told police when prize patrol did not show up, he knew he had been scammed. 

 

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 02/19/14 - 12:22 pm
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*sigh*

I'm sorry Vivian.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 02/19/14 - 01:20 pm
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I would have been all in if

I would have been all in if they said go to the Wal Marts instead. Really, who uses the Dollar General?

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 02/19/14 - 01:43 pm
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I like DG

For one thing, the shopping carts at DG can pass a field sobriety test. With Wal-Mart's shopping carts all you need is an open space and a strong push and you've got a four-wheeled boomerang.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/19/14 - 03:08 pm
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So

I'm guessing there's no Mercedes in the offing either?

No Sherlock 4sure...
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No Sherlock 4sure... 02/23/14 - 08:59 pm
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Can't fool him...

Guessing the whole U.S. PCH calling from Jamaica didn't throw him off. And paying for a prize didn't either... Thought for sure the drop in "price" from $800 to $150 would be a red flag... Glad he did eventually figure it out. Sorry, but not sure that "better late than never" applies here. Ijs

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