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Police: Elderly Springs Man Loses $130,000 To Scammers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Authorities say scammers have bilked an elderly Colorado Springs man out of $130,000 over two years.

Police said Saturday the scammers convinced the man he had won $1 million and two cars but had to send money to them in order to collect his winnings.

Colorado Springs police Sgt. Chuck Potter says the scammers called repeatedly to demand more money and even called while officers were in the home interviewing him.

Police say a convenience store clerk alerted officers that the man was buying thousands of dollars worth of transferrable money cards. The man’s name hasn’t been released.

The scammers claimed they were in Las Vegas but investigators believe they were in Jamaica or Nigeria.

Potter says it’s unlikely the man will get his money back.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Laura

    This is why the Jamaican/Nigerian scammers won’t go away anytime soon. Plenty of American idiots like this guy make their job easy. I’m just wondering how someone smart enough to save $130,000 can be this stupid.

  • Drew

    There is a small number of people that work to scam these scammers. What they do is use their greed to send them off on wild goosechases, have them make things etc… in order to occupy their time so they are not scamming people. Their stories are at the link below. I recommend the Skeleton Coast story as probably the best example.

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