Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



Colorado Senior Bilked by Scam with Arizona Connection

Colorado senior bilked by scam with Arizona connection 

(Phoenix, AZ—March 1, 2003) Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is warning Arizonans to be wary of a recent scam that bilked a Colorado widow out of $3,300. 

The woman was called by someone who claimed to be an official with a major bank. He said that he understood that she had had some dealings with Publisher’s Clearing House a few years ago, but had not joined the multi-state lawsuit that was settled against them. He said that she was now eligible for $1 million.  He directed her to wire $3,300 to a man in Phoenix, Arizona and that they would deliver the check for $1 million that afternoon. He advised her not to tell anyone, especially the IRS, because he was going to save her the $388,000 she would have had to pay in taxes. The woman sent the money and, of course, the $1 million check was never delivered. 

“When he sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” said Goddard. “No one with a major lending institution would ever direct a person to not tell anyone, especially the IRS. This is particularly reprehensible because it seems to prey on seniors who can ill afford this kind of loss. If you receive a call that seems questionable, please call our office before taking any action. If it is a legitimate claim, all you’ve lost is a little time. If not, you could be out a lot of money.” 

If you suspect a scam, please get as much information as possible from the caller, including a call back telephone number, and call the Attorney General’s Consumer Information and Complaint division at (602) 542-5763 or toll-free at (800) 352-8431.