Published: Jun 21, 2013 10:52 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Deputies are investigating after a north Florida woman was bilked out of $12,400 after being told she had won a Mercedes Benz.
    
The Marion County Sheriff's Office says she received a letter from Direct Transient Centers in April, informing the 83-year-old she needed to pay a fee to get the car shipped to her.
    
The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/12QKUQT ) reports that about the same time, a man called her and said she'd won a sweepstakes consisting of a car and $60,000 in cash. He warned her not to tell anyone out of fear they might try to "rob" her.
    
Over the next two months, deputies say the woman purchased pre-paid cards to cover the taxes on the prize.
    
After sending them the cash, she never received the prize and called authorities.
    
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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/

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