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Cedar Rapids Police warn about phone scam

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CEDAR RAPIDS (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Cedar Rapids Police Department was notified on Wednesday by a 73 year old of a scam.  On Monday, the man received a phone call from a female claiming to be a delivery service that would be delivering a check for $94,000 for winning a contest. The female went on to say he would be receiving a call later in the day with further instructions. The next phone call came from a man claiming to be Mr. Humphries with the IRS and that he had been notified that the caller had won $94,000 but would need to pay taxes prior to receiving the money. The caller would need to send a check for $2,900 by money gram to Georgia. The caller followed these instructions.

Later in the day, the caller received a third call from a money gram store claiming that there was a problem with their computer and the money was not received. He would need to resend the money gram. He would be refunded his first money gram and would receive a check by mail in 3 days.

A few minutes later, Mr. Humphries from the IRS called and said he would have to wire $2,850 plus $139 for a service fee, to release the winnings. And he would need to go to a different store for the money gram. Once the money was received, the caller would receive the $94,000 check that evening. The caller followed these instructions.

The money never arrived.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department wants to warn the public of scams like this. Federal authorities were notified but these types of scams are very difficult to track down. As the saying goes, "If it is too good to be true, it probably is." The Iowa Attorney General gives guidelines on how not to be a victim. You may look at their website at http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/consumer_advisories/mail/Lottery_Scams_cc.html.
If anyone believes this has happened to them, please call the Cedar Rapids Police Investigative division at 319-286-5400.
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