Police warn of scam after woman loses $93,000

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

OREM, Utah (AP) - Orem authorities are warning people of a scam after a 79-year-old woman lost about $93,000.

They say the scam began with a letter in the mail claiming to be from the American Gaming Board. Police say it stated the victim had won $2.5 million.

To claim her prize, the claim agent -- a Mr. Mark Andersen -- told her over the phone she needed to send him some money so she could claim the much larger amount.

When she told him she didn't have it, Mr. Anderson deposited $13,000 into her bank account. The money actually came from her own credit card that was linked to the bank account number she had provided. She didn't discover that until she'd wired $80,000 for what she thought was her tax liability.

She never received any cash and ended up being bilked for $93,000.

Police say they want to get the word out to prevent others from being scammed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics

Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast