Sioux Falls woman loses $900 to phone scammer

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - A 73-year-old Sioux Falls woman is out about $900 after police say she fell for a phone scam.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said the woman received a phone call saying she had won a large amount of money and a car from Publishers Clearing House.

The caller instructed her to wire $600 to cover fees, and she did.

The scammer called back later and asked for another $1,000, but the woman said she could only send $300, and she did.

Clemens said the woman realized it was a scam after wiring money for the second time.

She called Publishers Clearing House, and the organization confirmed that she had not won anything.

Clemens said police have names and numbers of the suspects, but was unsure if officers would be able to track them down.

Clemens said no one who wins contests should have to pay fees for their prize, and that having to wire someone money should be a red flag.