Elderly Riverton woman scammed out of $28,000

(Riverton, Wyo.) – An 81-year-old Riverton woman fell victim to telephone scammers who managed to extract some $28,000 from her over a period of time, according to Riverton Police Department Captain C. T. Smith. The woman was told she had won a substantial amount of money but before the money could be sent to her, she had to pay the taxes. With each subsequent telephone call, more money was requested, and she sent it in.

The woman sent varying amounts of money to different callers on at least eight occasions to three different states, two different countries and made deposits through the Wallgreen’s Money Bank and purchased Green Dot cards.

“She kept records of everyone that she talked to, but unfortunately they were all fake names and addresses, her money is gone,” Smith said.

Money was sent to addresses in Arizona, Florida, and New Jersey and outside of the country to Jamaica and the Philippines. The money deposited in the money bank and with the cards was withdrawn by the scammers after she gave them the account numbers.

“This is an old running scam, and unfortunately it preys on senior citizens who tend to be trusting,” Smith said. He suggested that children of elderly parents, caregivers, other family members and friends should repeatedly counsel their loved ones “not to send money to anyone under any circumstances unless the person is known to them, and only after they confirm the need. Certainly don’t send any money on the basis of a phone call.”

The victim’s identity was not revealed.




  1. Anetra Parks

    Ugh, this makes me so mad that people prey on our senior citizens.

  2. Gma Nealon

    We also received a call which we let go to voicemail with a number to call back as we had won $2,000,000. When we looked up the origin of the call it was Jamaica. Obviously we did not call back.

  3. Jackie A Greer

    I too have received this call, but the old saying holds true here "if it sounds to good to be true it is" it's a Scam" I led them along and told them I would go to Walgreen and get the money cards, and call back, I didn't do either, and told this foreign speaking person "you are a scam" and will not do this, he said "oh I promise you it is no scam, you have won" Bull Loney……..some one is Riverton got stung on that one too!! it is terrible to think these vultures pick the older generation to do this to!!.I feel bad for this lady!!

  4. Chris French

    I got one of those calls today and hung up on him. It was an Asian who could barely speak English and the phone number was 702-514-3219. Got a second call, same story from 202-697-7222 12 minutes later. When I attempted to call the first number back I got a message saying the number was disconnected. The next number was rejected. Anytime anyone asks for personal information over the phone , refuse then just hang up….

  5. Soofia C Gold

    one ought to be careful with strange calls

  6. Debbie Dalley McClure

    Happened to my mom a couple of years ago. She lost $5000 but also lost so much confidence and self respect. She totally fell for their scam and then grieves to this day for being taken in! I hope there is a special place in H@;LL for horrible elderly abusers!!!

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