Hobart woman loses more than $4K in get-rich scam

2013-01-23T20:30:00Z Hobart woman loses more than $4K in get-rich scamDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A 28-year-old Hobart woman lost more than $4,000 when she fell prey to a phone scam, police said.

The woman called police Jan. 14 to report she had wired a total of $4,250 to a company in India after being promised a $70,000 grant she never received, police said.

The woman said she received the initial call Jan. 9 from a company spokesman who said she was owed a $70,000 grant, police said.

The woman said she thought the grant money owed her sounded as though it could be possible, police said.

She said she was advised to wire an initial $250, which would be nonrefundable, to get the process started, police said.

The woman also later wired additional checks for $1,500 and $2,500 as requested over the phone by company spokesmen, police said.

The woman, who filed a report with police after not receiving any of the promised $70,000 grant, was contacted a final time Jan. 14 and told to send an additional $5,000, police said.

A police officer, who was meeting with the woman at the time the call came through, told her not to send in more money because it was definitely a scam.

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