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Phone scam: NE Tennessee residents lose $36,000 in phony sweepstakes

Jeff Bobo, NET News Service • Nov 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM

MOUNT CARMEL — An elderly Mount Carmel couple was bilked out of slightly more than $36,000 over the past month in what Mount Carmel Police Department Chief Mike Campbell described as one of the most elaborate telephone sweepstakes scams he has encountered in his career.

The couple, whose names weren’t released, are ages 79 and 68. They lost their entire life savings, Campbell said.

Sometime in early October the husband received a call from a person stating he’d won second place in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, which allegedly included $850,000 and a 2013 Mercedes Benz valued at $98,975.

He was given instructions as to where to send money to cover the taxes for the prize money and the automobile he’d won.

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