North Hudson senior averts scamMarlyn Apel of North Hudson knows a scam when she hears one. Apel told North Hudson police that she received a call on Feb. 17 that she had won a $255 million sweepstakes.
Marlyn Apel of North Hudson knows a scam when she hears one.
Apel told North Hudson police that she received a call on Feb. 17 that she had won a $255 million sweepstakes. The caller asked her marital status and other questions which she declined to answer. The caller then wanted to talk about “fees” she would have to pay to collect her winnings.
Apel told the caller that she “did not pay to receive money” and hung up on him. He called back and asked why she hung up on him and she hung up again.
Apel said she knew the call was a fake because of information she got back in 2003 at a Senior Safety Seminar presented by NHPD Chief Mark Richert. The seminar covered a variety of safety issues including telephone frauds like the one Apel experienced.
Apel said she wanted to report the incident to put others on alert to such call.
Richert said he was glad that almost 10 years later Apel remembered something from the seminar and he applauded her reaction to the calls.
Richert said the seminar could be repeated if there was enough interest from the public. For more information contact the NHPD at (715) 386-8433.