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Postal Inspectors Sound the Alarm Over What's Becoming a Popular Scam

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A consumer warning tonight about a scam that could wipe out your savings. The scammers call and say you've won big money but to get it you have to send them some money. The voices are friendly and usually persistent. Tonight, the story of a woman who lost thousands to a scam U.S. Postal Inspectors say is becoming more popular. Michelle Lauciello says her mother lost more than $100,000 in a lottery sweepstakes scam. These con artists were in Jamaica. They convinced Lauciello's mother to send money to get the winnings. Lauciello says the voices on the phone were persuasive and took advantage of her mom at a vulnerable time.

The family repeatedly warned their mother that this was a scam, but she continued sending money. Lauciello's family was forced to take over their mother's finances. Foreign lotto schemes may be fleecing Americans out of as much as a billion dollars every year. Keep in mind, no legitimate lottery asks winners to send them money. That's true whether it's a voice on the phone or a notification letter in the mail.

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