Monday, August 31, 2015

Police: Unusual money scams get two women

Money don't get everything, it's true, but it does get you scammed every once in a while. Just ask two Delco women who were taken in by two very different money schemes recently.

Police: Unusual money scams get two women

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Money don't get everything, it's true, but it does get you scammed every once in a while. Just ask two Delco women who were taken in by two very different money schemes recently.

Somewhere in Rose Valley there is a 42-year-old woman who had $21,100 lying around to buy a coin on eBay. Seriously. She didn't buy a car or put a down payment on a house with this $21,100 - she bought a coin. One coin.

State police didn't detail in their news release what kind of amazing coin this was, however, police did say that the coin the woman was sent after she paid her $21,100 through PayPal was not the one she expected or the one that was described in the eBay auction.

The identity of the nasty numismatist who cheated the woman remains unknown and police are continuing their investigation, according to the news release.

In the second case, an 87-year-old Newtown Square woman received a call from an unknown man on Oct. 26 who told her that she was chosen at random to receive $240 million and a Mercedes Benz, police said. Not $1 million or even $100 million but $240 million with a Benz on top.

Sadly, the elderly woman provided the strange caller with her bank account information so he could "transfer" the funds to her account, police said. Luckily, the woman realized she was being conned and changed her account information before the man was able to take any money out.

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