2008-10-09 / Local & State

Woman,72, Loses 16K In Scam

STAHLSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - State police say a 72-year-old western Pennsylvania woman has lost more than $16,000 in a scam in which she was told she won a $1 million Publisher's Clearinghouse sweepstakes.

Police say the woman was mailed a phony notice saying she won the prize last month. But the mailing says she also needed to contact a representative to claim her prize, and that person told her she had to wire money to Canada to cover certain expenses.

Police say the woman wired a total of $16,800 in four separate money grams before discovering it was a scam.

Police have not charged anyone in the scheme.

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