KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo man is out more than $70,000 after falling for a sweepstakes scam.
He did not want to go on camera about this, but his daughter did to help make sure that other families do not become the next victim.
“The way he described it they were so excited about it and got him excited about it,” said Kathy Chapman.
Her father, Rick, got the call in January.
Scammers told him he’d just won $2.5 million in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes drawing, along with a new blue BMW and some gold medallions.
“And he needed to pay some taxes and fees before they could deliver his prize to him. Then just over the next few days, he was instructed exactly what to do, how to send the money, where to go,” said Kathy.
The scammers told him to withdraw the money from various locations where he banked. Then instructed him to open up a new savings account and name it a beneficiary account.
“He withdrew money from his existing…