LB - Lamb Auto 0501 Nissan 728x90

Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : latest news : local May 26, 2016

12/11/2012 2:59:00 PM
Victim loses more than $1,000 in fraud scheme

On Dec. 5, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies met with a 66-year-old fraud victim at her home in the 11000 block of Circle Drive, Cornville.

The victim told deputies she received a phone call at home from a person identifying himself as an FBI agent working with Publisher's Clearing House. The man told her she had won a Mercedes Benz car that would be presented shortly. The victim was asked to supply two "Money Pak" pre-paid card numbers with balances of $600 and $655 to cover initial expenses. She went to Wal-Mart and purchased the cards as instructed. She returned home, called a pre-designated phone number, and supplied the account numbers for each card. She was told to expect seeing a representative in Cottonwood that afternoon regarding her prize. Instead, the victim received a phone call later and was told the meeting would take place the following day.

The victim decided to check the status of the pre-paid cards and found the balance for each card was zero. A representative indicated the money could not be recovered. Deputies discovered the suspect's phone number used an 876 prefix, the area code for Jamaica.

The victim indicated suspects knew her name, address, and other pertinent information and had purchased magazine subscriptions from Publisher's Clearinghouse during the previous six months. At this time, there are no leads as to the suspect's identity.

These scams usually target seniors. If you have an older family member or care for one of our "seasoned citizens," please alert them to the scam. Ensure they contact a trusted person whenever they are the "recipient" of any substantial "prize" and before any money is exchanged. In legitimate sweepstakes, winners are never required to pay money to claim their prize.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over (4750 views)

•   What's hot in Verde Valley job market? (2956 views)

•   Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea (2875 views)

•   Marana man suffers skull injury, brain bleed following ATV crash (2737 views)

•   Motorcycle rider suffers head injuries in crash (2195 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - Father Son Look a Like Contest
HSE - Readers Choice 300x100
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
LB - Lamb Auto 0501 Nissan 728x90

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved