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Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Paying Money to Receive Prize

Updated: Wednesday, October 15 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- The next time someone tells you you've won millions of dollars but have to pay a fee to claim the money-- hopefully you won't fall for the scam. Yet, too many seniors are getting taken, like one Detroit area man, Leroy Thurston

"The winnings would run anything from 1.5 million to 11 and 12 million."

Thurston, like a lot of people, was lured in by con artists claiming he had won a foreign lottery.

"They are real sweet and promise you everything and the next thing you know they tell you to pay this fee and that fee. It didn't seem like a lot sometimes, sometimes it was a couple hundred dollars, sometimes it was a lot more."

And more and more until finally victims have no money left. US Postal Inspector Rodney Bohanon has seen it before.

"A lot of these seniors targeted live alone and these guys are really good at befriending them, calling them often, telling them nice things and pay them a lot of attention."

Leroy lost thousands in the four foreign lotteries in which he got involved.

"It's very disheartening to see a senior who is living on a fixed income and worked their whole life for their savings and to turn around and just lose it," said Bohanon.

"If I had anything to do with it they would all be in jail," said Thurston. "That's the way I feel about it. Just pain greed. That is all there is to it."

Bottom line, if you're ever told you have to pay a money in order to receive a prize-- run the other way. That's a sure sign it's a scam.

Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Paying Money to Receive Prize

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