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Elderly couple lose heavily to scam

June 19, 2010

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— An elderly Kansas couple lost more than $100,000 to an apparent scam, and Salina police say it’s unlikely that the pair will recover any of their money.

Deputy Police Chief Carson Mansfield says someone phoned the couple in January saying they’d won $2.5 million and a Mercedes Benz in a Mastercard drawing in Las Vegas. But they were told that in order to claim the prize, they had to pay various costs, including taxes, insurance, customs fees and vehicle storage.

Mansfield says the couple, who are in their 80s, sent about $105,000 over several months to various locations in the United States.

KSAL radio reported that most of the money was sent to Austin, Texas, and then was forwarded to Jamaica.

Mansfield said that once money was sent outside the U.S. in such scams, it can rarely be recovered.

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