Ocala woman scammed out of $12,400, deputies say

Deputies say woman duped by fake sweepstakes

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OCALA, Fla. - Deputies are investigating after a North Florida woman was bilked out of $12,400 after being told she had won a Mercedes Benz.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office says the 83-year-old received a letter from Direct Transient Centers in April, informing her she needed to pay a fee to get the car shipped to her.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that about the same time, a man called her and said she'd won a sweepstakes consisting of a car and $60,000 in cash. He warned her not to tell anyone out of fear they might try to "rob" her.

Over the next two months, deputies say the woman purchased prepaid cards to cover the taxes on the prize.
After sending them the cash, she never received the prize and called authorities.

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