A scammer claiming to be from the gaming commission is trying to con seniors out of their money. A retiree from Seymour decided to turn the tables on the guy who called her.
Thousands of calls from the so-called “Gaming Commission” have ben reported to investigators, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Typically, the caller identifies themselves as being from the “Gaming Commission,” the “gaming board” or the “lottery board.” They tell the person they’ve won a large prize, but will first have to pay taxes on their winnings.
Many people believe the scam, but Nila Carr didn’t. She participates in contests, but had never talked with someone trying to scam her.
“He said, ‘You won a contest for $7,500,000,'” said Carr.
She wrote the caller’s name on the margin of her newspaper – Jacob Reynolds.
“I said this doesn’t sound real. You don’t get something for nothing. I said, ‘How did I win this?’ He said you entered a contest and we’re only offering this, they were only offering this to seniors. Because we wanted to help the seniors. And the way it works you have to pay one percent which would be $7,500,” said Carr.
Carr she wasn’t born yesterday but decided to play along with the guy. She asked what was next.
“I had to get $7,500 and take it to Walmart And I said, ‘Walmart? Why would I go to Walmart?'” Carr said.
She was instructed to buy GreenDot money cards, then told to call Jacob Reynolds.
“He said, ‘I will call you back tomorrow and give you your instructions,'” she said.
Carr has some spunk. WATE 6 On Your Side was with her when she called Reynolds back herself.
“Federal Gaming Commission, how may I help you?” said the person who answered the phone.
“Yes, ah, you were supposed to call me back. Mr. Reynolds,” said Carr.
Then she got Reynolds on the phone.
“I’m really really excited about this. $7,500,000 is really a lot of money. You said you’d help me with the $7,500,” said Carr.
“Yes, but the financial department still hasn’t answered my request. I’m still waiting on them,” said Reynolds.
Carr voiced a concern.
“I’m sort of worried. Could this be a scam or something?” she asked.
“No, not at all. We’re helping you out. There is no way this could be a scam,” said Reynolds.
Satisfied with her conversation, Carr asked one final question.
“Where does this money come from?” she said.
“Vegas, ma’am,” replied Reynolds.
“I’ve never been there, I’d like to go,” said Carr. “If I win I’ll go there.”
he Federal Trade Commission warns that it’s easy to fall prey to scammers who will take your money while promising prizes that never materialize. Scammers will claim they’re either with the Federal Gaming Commission from the Powerball or Mega Millions lottery and that you’re a winner, but have to pay taxes first.
The FTC says the lottery never demands payment of any money.
“I thought I should find out more about it because someone else may think it’s real,” said Carr.
Carr said by hearing the scammers voice, she hopes others never take the bait.
“When anyone asks money in order to get money, you should know it’s a scam,” she said.
Legitimate lotteries do not notify you if you are a winner. It’s your responsibility to contact them. Legitimate lotteries or sweepstakes do not charge you a processing fee or fees of any kind to claim a prize. Taxes are taken out by the government, not by the lottery itself.