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Woman loses $4,500 in scam over Facebook

Victim told she won $1 million from Publishers Clearing House

MADISON, Wis. - A Madison woman lost $4,500 when she was contacted on Facebook by a scam artist who convinced her she had won $1 million.

The 70-year-old east side woman told police she was first contacted on March 1 and was told she won a Publishers Clearing House drawing.

She was initially contacted on Facebook and then received numerous text messages and phone calls.

She was told that to receive the prize she first needed to pre-load MoneyPak cards and was given various reasons for the request.

The woman took out 10 cards and gave the security code to the criminals before she realized she had been ripped off.

Publishers Clearing House confirmed the woman had not won a prize and advised her to call police.


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