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Woman falls for contest scam

Caller told her she won $500,000, collected personal information

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - When a Coeur d'Alene woman got a phone call Friday informing her she had won $500,000, she excitedly gave the caller all of her personal information.

However, the woman didn't hit the jackpot. She was hit by a fraud scheme.

According to a Kootenai County Sheriff's Office report, the woman provided the caller with her maiden name, Social Security number, address, phone number and date of birth.

After providing the caller with the information, the woman asked who it was that was calling her. When she was done asking the question, the caller hung up the phone.

The woman told deputies that she was initially so "excited by the prospect of winning a large sum of money" that she didn't think twice about giving the caller her information.

"I wasn't in my right mind," the woman said to the officers.

When asked by the responding officers if she had any information about the caller, the woman said that she only has a land line phone without caller ID and couldn't remember the name the caller gave her.

The report added that the woman checked her bank accounts and "nothing seems suspicious."

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  • ResidentofHayden posted at 2:27 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

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  • ResidentofHayden posted at 2:27 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    ResidentofHayden Posts: 40

    Did you just say that while looking in the mirror? If not...I'd try it - might serve as a good reminder for you.

  • chilada01 posted at 10:20 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    chilada01 Posts: 176

    I second what neighbor said. KeepinitReal needs to remember " If you can't say something nice then say nothing at all".....

  • yourneighbor posted at 10:02 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    yourneighbor Posts: 224

    KeepinItReal should practice Keepinitshut.

  • richardingold posted at 8:54 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    richardingold Posts: 95

    Well said Kevin.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 8:19 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1382

    The story doesn't mention the lady's age, but since she only has a land line phone, I would guess she's elderly. This is probably someone's grandmother, "KeepinItReal", and rather than stupid, did it ever occur to you that perhaps she's starting to develop dementia or even simply isn't up to date on the latest scams and technology? And manana, instead of being greedy, perhaps she was excited at the prospect of winning the jackpot because she needs that money for groceries? Or medical bills? Or to pay back property taxes so the county doesn't confiscate her home?

    Probably none of us commenting here would have fallen for this particular scam - - but don't be so smug. We all have vulnerabilities and there's always a conman conjuring up a more clever way of stealing what honest, hardworking, and sometimes too trusting people have. We all need to be on guard because what is an 'obvious scam' to me may not be to you, or vice versa.

    I do agree that just because 'nothing seems suspicious' yet, that doesn't mean everything is ok. Hopefully she will at least change her bank account and credit card numbers, and monitor her credit reports very closely for a while.

  • KeepinItReal posted at 6:35 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    KeepinItReal Posts: 112

    You cant fix stupid

  • manana posted at 5:51 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    manana Posts: 179

    It's amazing to me, with all the media coverage, that people are STILL so greedy as to fall for scams such as this. But it's all good - "nothing seems suspicious."

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