New scam cons Newton County elderly couple out of $180,000

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The Newton County Sheriff's Office is working a bad scam. A lady received a call and written communication from people who identified themselves as being from Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. They advised her that she had won $2.6 million.

They told her that in order to receive the money, she would have to pay the taxes up front. The tax amount was $180,000.00. Rowles says the woman paid the money. They called her twice while she was visiting with us.

We have contacted the FBI and are looking forward to working with them on this case. I'm going to meet with them Thursday in Beaumont.

We are asking everyone to please seek advice from us or a family member before responding in any way to this kind of notice where you have won something valuable.

Sheriff Billy Rowles is asking families to discuss this type of incident with other family members to make sure it doesn't happen to them.

TALK TO FAMILY OR LAW ENFORCEMENT BEFORE YOU SEND MONEY.

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