Mega Millions Scam Uses Love to Win You Over

Mega Millions Scam Uses Love to Win You Over

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Saraland, Al -

Grace Hitchcock received a call a few months ago that would have had some people thanking their lucky stars.

"Well I didn't really get excited about it because I really didn't believe him!" says Grace Hitchcock.

The call came from a foreign sounding man claiming to be with Mega Millions in Las Vegas, telling her she won $2.5 million. But Grace would have to put $500 on a PayPal account for processing fees.

"I thought, nah, I'm not buying this!"

Grace Hitchcock tells us she's received numerous phone calls telling her she's won millions of dollars. And she says they'll tell her anything to get her to buy in.

Especially when she told them it would take time before she had the $500.

"And she just kept on, ‘well, I love you, I'll call you back'." (She told you I love you?) "Yes, several times."

Stephanie Knight at the Better Business Bureau says that's all part of the scammer's technique.

"Well, the scammers want to be in a relationship with you because if you feel comfortable, you're going to start disclosing personal information," says Knight.

Knight adds there have been many who are only too willing to send money away if it means making them millionaires.

"People have sent anywhere from $250 to $500."

Hitchcock hung up on the caller several times. But then the caller got wise.

"Couple of weeks ago I got another one, I won $3.5 million," says Hitchcock.

After that failed, they threw in a car on top of the money. Hitchcock says she just wants others to be aware.

"I think he's lowdown. To prey on older elderly people that are struggling as it is, you know, to get by."

She eventually told the scammers she had notified police and that her phone was being monitored. That was enough to stop the calls. Any calls like this should be reported to the Better Business Bureau. You can do this by either calling them at 251-433-5494, or by going to, then finding the Mobile location and filling out a scam report.

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