Phone scams reported by two in Bethalto -

Phone scams reported by two in Bethalto

BETHALTO - Authorities are warning the public to be alert to a scam in which callers are promising hundreds of thousands of dollars in contest winnings in exchange for a token payment.

Two older women in Bethalto contacted police in the last month, saying that callers have told them they had won a $500,000 Publisher's Clearing House award. To secure the money, and to pay for taxes, the women were told they would have to send $500 by wire, said Detective Sgt. Craig Welch of the Bethalto Police Department.

"It's a play off the Nigerian schemes and other 'phishing' scams," Welch said. "People just need to be vigilant."

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