The Post received a call from a retired gentleman, in Courtland Township, about a phone call he received this week from someone trying to scam him out of money.
The man said he got the call just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. A male caller, with a deep, resonant voice, identified himself as “Sam Davis” and told the man he had won $50,000 in a contest, and that to get his winnings, he needed to go to the nearest Walmart and purchase a green moneypak reload card, and put $350 on it. The caller instructed the man to call him back at 818-627-9802 after he purchased it, and they would set up a meeting at 1:30 so the man could collect his winnings.
Immediately suspicious, (especially since he had never entered a contest) the man did not go get the card, but called the Kent County Sheriff Department instead, and they told him they would send a deputy out to take the report.
“Sam Davis” called the man back about noon and asked if he had gotten the card yet, and the man told him no. “Davis” called back again later in the afternoon, while the deputy was there. But when the deputy got on the phone, the caller hung up.
Later on, after the deputy left, the man received another phone call, this time telling him he had won between $1.2 and $2.3 million in a lottery, and that to get it, he needed to buy a moneypak card and put $250 on it and mail it to him. The caller id showed the call came from Kingston, Jamaica.
The first call came through as “private” but the number shows it is out of California. An Internet search on the number shows this is not the first complaint. Others have experienced a similar scam.
Remember: if you have won any type of lottery or sweepstakes, you will not have to pay out any type of money to collect your winnings.