A scam that targets senior citizens now includes telling "winners" of a prize that a police officer will escort them to a bank, the Madera County Sheriff's Department said.
A countywide alert was issued Wednesday after a woman called the sheriff's department and said that a caller told her that she had won $1 million. The sheriff's department said she was told a police officer would go to her home Wednesday morning to escort her to a bank.
Sweepstakes scams typically entail convincing victims to wire money in order to collect a prize. After the woman alerted the sheriff's department, a plain-clothes sheriff's detective went to her home and stayed until after the designated pickup time.
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