Elderly woman scammed
A 78-year-old Salisbury woman was scammed out of more than $2,500 this week.
The woman had been talking via phone and computer to an individual claiming to be a representative of Publishers Clearing House.
The individual “got personal” with the woman, said Capt. Sheila Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department.
They told her she won a car and $2 million, and then asked her to send $2,525 to an address in New York in order to redeem her prize.
When the woman realized she had been scammed, she reached out to police.
“If you win something that is legit, they’re never going to ask you to send money first,” Lingle warned.
She added that if you question the legitimacy of something won, you should contact the police department.
Because the money was sent out of state, the Salisbury Police Department hasn’t been able to make an arrest.
Brooklyn police have been notified, though.
“They’ll do some follow up on it,” Lingle said.