SUMMERFIELD, Fla. (AP) - An 86-year-old north Florida woman is out $105,660 after falling victim to a lottery scam.
Marion County Sheriff's deputies say the woman was told she won a $1.8 million lottery a year ago. But a man she identified as Kevin Thomas told her she needed to send him money to cover taxes on the prize before she could collect her winnings.
The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/13ytnYH ) reports authorities learned about scam when bank officials notified a Sumter County Sheriff's deputy about the case.
The woman sent money to three countries but never received the prize.
She told deputies the callers sometimes threatened her. While a deputy was interviewing the woman, she received a call from an unknown number. The deputy answered and the caller hung up.
Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/
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