Resident shares scam story to save others time, money

Resident shares scam story to save others time, money
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Azile Rogers said the scammers claimed to be from Publisher's Clearing House. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
Azile Rogers said the scammers claimed to be from Publisher's Clearing House. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A phone scam brings you to the highest of highs, thinking you've won the jackpot, to the lowest of lows.

Back in January, Azile Rogers' phone rang. It was a number she didn't recognize, but she answered anyway. The person on the other line claimed to be from publisher's clearing house, and said Rogers had won big.

"$530,000," she said. That and a Mercedes, but there was a catch.

"You have to pay a certain amount of cash in order to get the car," Rogers said.

$750 to be exact. So she wired the money.

"She says, 'Okay go back to the house and wait,'" Rogers said.

Hours went by and nothing. No knock on the door, no big check, nothing. The phone rang again.

"You need about $2,000 more," the voice told Rogers.

That's when Rogers knew it was a scam.

The attorney general's office says one way to avoid being scammed is by not answering phone calls from a number you don't recognize.

"Anytime we answer or respond to that, we're letting them know that there's someone there to be scammed," said Emily Nichols, with the Alabama Attorney General's Office. "You should never be charged for anything up front if you're winning something."

Rogers now looks at the scam as something she learned from and now shares her story in hopes of saving someone else's time and money.

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