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Sioux Falls man scammed out of $9,000

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A man looks at his phone in a Starbucks store in New York June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A man looks at his phone in a Starbucks store in New York June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Police say a Sioux Falls man lost over $9,000 in a phone scam last week.

     Officer Sam Clemens says the caller told the 58 year old victim that he was the winner of over $800,000 in a Publisher’s Clearing House drawing.

     Clemens says the victim was instructed to buy gift cards that would be used to pay the taxes on the prize money.  He says the victim went to several stores and paid $9,400 for money packs, or gift cards.  The scam artist stayed on the phone with the victim who relayed the numbers and locations of the cards he purchased. 

     Clemens says the scammer arranged for a meeting with the victim at a local bank to give him his winnings.  That did not happen.     

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