An alert bank employee at the Trustco Bank branch on Route 146 in Clifton Park called police when an elderly woman withdrew a sizable amount of money so she could claim $1 million she had been told she had won.
The $1 million in winnings was promised to the 88-year-old Clifton Park woman if she would purchase GreenDot PayPal cards and give the card numbers over the phone to an unknown male who said he controlled the $1 million. The whole thing was part of a phone scam that targets elderly people across the country, police said.
The bank employee promptly called the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office after the woman told the employee about her “winnings.” Deputies responded immediately to the elderly woman’s residence to conduct an interview.
The woman had already purchased two Pay Pal cards worth $750 and gave the card numbers to the male who said he controlled her “winnings.” The man told the woman to purchase another $3,000 in PayPal cards but she was alerted by sheriff’s deputies about the scam before she purchased the additional cards.
The man conducting the phone scam called the woman’s home 10 times while sheriff’s deputies were present. Sgt. Brent Dupras of the sheriff’s office said police are investigating the source of the calls. In many such cases, however, he said, the calls come from outside the United States and are difficult to trace.
A similar phone scam case was reported by state police in recent weeks involving an elderly Warren County resident.