Brookings woman loses thousands in scam



6/18/14 
by Perry Miller

A Brookings woman is scammed out of some $7500.

Police Lt. Derick Powers says the woman was contacted over the phone by
someone claiming to be with a firm that could get her credit card interest
rates lowered.

The man claiming to be her case representative said she would need to pay
some up front fees to cover the negotiations. That was about $2000 to be
paid in a pre-loaded card. The man also convinced her she owed money to
the IRS that she would have to pay off. The woman was told she would be
arrested if she didn't pay the back taxes.  

She ended sending three pre-paid cards totalling $7500.

Those cards cannot be traced.



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