Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 25, 2012

Bank stops older man from being scammed again

SALEM, N.H. — An elderly man was scammed out of more than $10,000 earlier this week, but it could have been worse. Bank employees stepped in and called police when the individual returned to withdraw additional money from his account.

The unidentified 72-year-old man sent $6,100 via Western Union Monday morning. In the afternoon, he came back to the Bank of America to withdraw another $6,000.

Police were told the man had received a call saying he had won a huge lottery payout, but first had to submit money before the prize could be sent. The man had been the victim of similar lottery scams earlier this year, losing about $6,000.

Police were able to trace the number of the caller to a phone in Jamaica, but investigators said those leads infrequently lead to arrests.

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Details for this story were provided by he Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

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