Sheriff: Scam targeting the elderly in Butler County

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Butler County officials are investigating a scam that has targeted at least one elderly resident.

The "lucky target" was told he had won a new Mercedes vehicle and $3.5 million dollars cash, and all he had to do was to pay the taxes on the vehicle.

Although not willing to pay those taxes, the victim did provide the scammer with his address.  At this point, additional high-pressure phone tactics were used to convince the victim he needed to purchase some pre-paid phones and about $4,000 of pre-paid debit cards, all of which were mailed to a Florida address.

Apparently knowing there was a "good target," officers say the scammer then sent a check for $5,000 to his victim. The check is believed to be bogus. The victim was then instructed to deposit the money in his bank account, and then use it to buy more pre-paid debit cards to be shipped to Florida.

Authorities say that the scammer also indicated that he would be sending a taxi cab to the victim's house to check up on him.  About two weeks later, a taxi did arrive at the victim's house.  It has been determined that the call to the local taxi company originated from Chicago.

"Only the lowest of the low pick on elderly victims," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. "Everyone needs to understand that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't send off your hard-earned money to anyone you don't know."

Anyone else who may have actually been taken in by this scam, or has been recently contacted concerning the same set of circumstances is asked contact the Sheriff's Office Investigations Unit at (513) 785-1234.

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