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Scam victim has warning for others

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Monday, a Rusk County man got a call from someone claiming to be from the Federal Trade Commission saying he had won $350,000.

A 20-year Army veteran on disability, he thought his luck had changed.

"I enter all kinds of contests, and anything's possible," said the victim. "I thought this was my day."

Then things began to go wrong. The company claimed ties with Lloyds of America, Random House and Publisher's Clearing House.

"At some point didn't you see a red flag here? Didn't you feel like something was wrong?" I asked the veteran.

"[They said] that I had to come up with a certain amount of money for a bonded carrier to bring it down to me," he said.

In total, he spent $1,805.

"The company name they claimed was Lloyds of America," he said. "There is no such thing."

Realizing he had been taken, he call the scammers again, only to get a "sorry, but too bad" answer.

"I'm like, 'Dude, you ain't sorry! You didn't lose $1,800 like I did!'" said the veteran. "He said, 'Well, I'm robbing the hood.'"

Rusk County deputies are investigating.

"Anytime someone comes right out and asks for money up front, that should just send up red flags there," said Lt. Brian Cole, with Rusk County. "Old cliché: If it sounds too good to be true, normally, it is."

"It's wrong," said the victim. "It makes me want to cry. It's wrong. And, once the money's turned over, that's it!"

The telephone calls were traced back to two locations in Washington D.C., and two in New York City, but nothing further to identify the scam artists.

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