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North Augusta woman loses money in scam

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A North Augusta woman is out $53,679 after she was duped by a person claiming she had won a $3.6 million jackpot, a North Augusta Public Safety report shows.

The woman filed a complaint Tues­day morning stating she started receiving calls Sept. 3 about her winnings.

The caller told the woman that she needed to pay to cover taxes and asked her to send computers and video games to an
address in Jamaica, a report states.

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Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 09/22/10 - 04:58 am
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Duh! Jamaica should have

Duh! Jamaica should have been a dead giveaway. I keep getting emails from the "FBI" too, who say they are trying to contact me so they can give me money but do I buy into it? NO..... Let this be a lesson for everyone: Before you respond to these suspicious emails or calls, log into www.snopes.com to see if the thing is legit. 99% of the time it isn't.

badassie
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badassie 09/22/10 - 05:00 am
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I have gotten several phone

I have gotten several phone calls from people with accents. You can tell they are disquising their voice. They tell you that you will be receiving a package from Global ??? in the next few days. They I don't give them a chance to ask questions but I ask all the questions. I ask them who would want to give me a large amount of money, etc. After a few moments I unleash a verbal barrage on them that would make your grandmother wash your mouth out with soap. They won't call my number again. And if they do I will do the same thing. Spammers!!!!

treerock
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treerock 09/22/10 - 06:31 am
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yeah, i know rich people

yeah, i know rich people don't give away their money, but maybe this time...

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/22/10 - 06:32 am
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I'm sorry the foolish woman

I'm sorry the foolish woman was scammed. However, she's a wonderful example to the rest of us to be ever diligent against the obvious and subtle scams and to not answer the phone while we're very drunk.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/22/10 - 06:35 am
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The...HOW MUCH???

The...HOW MUCH???

airbud7
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airbud7 09/22/10 - 06:36 am
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HarrisburgH/ Im getting the

HarrisburgH/ Im getting the same emails from the FBI saying they have approved the payment to me

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 09/22/10 - 06:44 am
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If you won that much money,

If you won that much money, the IRS would surely be there to dupe you out of the taxes. Why didn't this "victim" tell them to take the taxes straight off the "winnings"?

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 09/22/10 - 06:49 am
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This makes me feel a whole
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This makes me feel a whole lot smarter! Thanks!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 09/22/10 - 06:49 am
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This makes me feel a whole
Unpublished

This makes me feel a whole lot smarter! Thanks!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 09/22/10 - 08:00 am
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There are a million things

There are a million things one could say about this woman's intelligence. Frankly, I would have been too embarrassed to file a report, but then again the intelligence factor comes into play. It's not like this is the first incidence of something like this happening. She certainly didn't have any business being in possession of $53,679, because she didn't have any idea about the value of money. She deserves as much outrage against her as the scammers do.

dani
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dani 09/22/10 - 08:18 am
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I have to say tmitm has some

I have to say tmitm has some good points. The woman has now encouraged other spammers to do the same to someone else. How on earth did she accumulate that amount of money. Might it have been an easy come, easy go?

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happychimer 09/22/10 - 08:59 am
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By announcing being scammed,

By announcing being scammed, that woman is letting others know not to fall for scams.I have received plenty scam emails, but they won't get a penny out of me.As for where she got the money, that is her business. dani, what would you say if someone asked where you got your money?

fd1962
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fd1962 09/22/10 - 09:00 am
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It's simple, dani. This
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It's simple, dani. This woman ISN'T stupid. She was forced to resign last year from the City of Augusta with a nice payoff. After that, she negotiated Morris Communication's bankruptcy, I mean 'restructuring.' Now she's working on the Downtown Development Authority - still pushing five thousand dollar parking meters, and also preparing for her upcoming gastric bypass.

aughate
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aughate 09/22/10 - 09:26 am
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It's so nice when people

It's so nice when people report you for abuse for giving your honest opinion. Must have been a family member to remove my comment. Thanks for that now block this one too!

fd1962
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fd1962 09/22/10 - 09:33 am
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Stay loose, aughate. You are
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Stay loose, aughate. You are doing a service. It's a serious question of job security for the Censor here. What else could they possibly do anyhow? I contribute regularly myself.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 09/22/10 - 09:57 am
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Happychimer, anyone with half

Happychimer, anyone with half a brain would recognize a scam like this. And yes, it is important to know where she got the money, because this was probably the proceeds of a life insurance policy, or quite possible the retirement savings from a job. As stated in my previous post, she does not recognize the value of money. Maybe she will knock on your door for support now.

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KSL 09/22/10 - 10:03 am
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I don't think that the intent

I don't think that the intent of filing the police report was to warn others. And it is the Chronicle that is letting others know about the scam.

Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 09/22/10 - 10:20 am
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RULE #1 If it seems too

RULE #1 If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

getalife
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getalife 09/22/10 - 10:44 am
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Well, I will try again. Some

Well, I will try again. Some people never read the newspaper or watch tv and the news and some just fall for anything. I really think these type people need help from relatives or friends or the senior center they attend in controlling their finances. We are living in a world that is full of scammers trying to make a buck without working. I receive emails almost daily from lottos I have won, that I did not enter or buy a lotto ticket for, and I try to forward to the FCC thinking they might could stop some of it. Does any happen to know this lady's phone number, just kidding.

Driver8
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Driver8 09/22/10 - 10:59 am
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Workforit is right. Psst,

Workforit is right. Psst, want something for nothing? That's the biggest problem I see going around these days...

Something for nothing, meet nothing for something.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 09/22/10 - 11:04 am
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@getalife... I get those

@getalife... I get those emails daily too! I have untold millions just waiting for me in Hong Kong, Nigeria, and several other places.

It amazes me that anyone falls for this garbage, and as long as anyone does, they won't stop. You can always forward the email (headers included) to abuse@(whatever server they use, such as hotmail.com), and they shut down accounts, but a new one will pop up a few minutes later.
If anyone wants to read how stupid some of the scammers are, go to www.scamorama.com

It's full of stories about these scams and some from people who like to play with the scammers... actually get the scammers to send THEM money.

yawningloudly
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yawningloudly 09/22/10 - 11:11 am
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i do not believe this for a

i do not believe this for a minute not one minute if that poster is correct and in augusta WE all know what lawyer was forced to resign and if she handled the morris bk this woman is sharp as a razor...

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 09/22/10 - 11:30 am
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Looks like fd1962 caught a

Looks like fd1962 caught a few jackfish today.

kkmcgee
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kkmcgee 09/22/10 - 11:57 am
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If you receive a suspicious

If you receive a suspicious email, forward it to spam@uce.gov. This is a government site that is paid for by taxpayers to look into these types of internet fraud.
I feel so sorry for people that are taken advantage of.

getalife
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getalife 09/22/10 - 12:48 pm
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You can also to go

You can also to go FCCInfo@fcc.gov. Not sure if they actually can do anything with these out of country scammers. I just keep deleting.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/22/10 - 02:07 pm
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Everyone wants to condemn

Everyone wants to condemn this woman as being stupid but no where does it mention this woman's age or anything that relates to her.

I'm assuming here but if this woman is elderly and is not as versed in the world as most of these posters on here, she may not realize how devious people are. She has probably grown up in an era where you trusted your neighbors and wouldn't even consider someone trying to con her. Sad as it may seem, she just may be naive, not stupid.

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PUPPYMOMMA 09/22/10 - 04:03 pm
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InChristLove, you may be

InChristLove, you may be right. Sometime's it's best to give the benefit of the doubt. A lot of us know the scam but the reason it still works is because a lot of people let dollar signs cloud their judgement. She lost a lot of money.

Fawkes
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Fawkes 09/22/10 - 09:06 pm
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The reason these scams are

The reason these scams are still out there is because people still fall for them. Success rate for scam emails is low, but it still works enough to keep the emails coming.

The guy who was scamming the elderly by offering to clean gutters, he deserves punishment. In this woman's case she did something stupid maybe she will learn a lesson and pass it along.

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