City News

A woman recently saw through a Jamaican scam artists attempts to swindle her out of $809. A neighborhood watch program member contacted the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Feb. 11, regarding telephone fraud.

A fraudulent check for $2.5 million is included in a packet of material sent to a woman who received a telephone call from a scammer. Luckily, the woman recognized the stunt before sending the man the money he asked for.The woman had just received a phone call from someone who announced she had won a $2.5 million lottery prize. The suspect requested and was allowed to send her documents by email containing instructions on claiming the prize. The suspect promised a follow-up phone call soon after to complete the arrangements.

The woman quickly received an email with two letters attached, one with an IRS letterhead and the other purportedly from Bank of America. In the correspondence, the “winner” was required to pay an insurance fee of $559 plus a processing fee of $250 before she could access the $2.5 million in winnings.

For the full story, see the Friday, Feb. 15, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.