Any time our station hears about a scam in the area, we want to make viewers aware.
This time, a scammer is posing as a Publisher's Clearing House representative. The caller tells folks they've won a big prize.
It happened to Billie Thomas of Marsh Valley on Saturday.
“I just grinned,” said Thomas. “I just figured, I can't be that lucky.”
On Saturday morning, Thomas got the phone call of a lifetime. She'd won $800,000 and a Mercedes Benz convertible. The male caller told her, the winnings were on their way.
“We'll be there in an hour and a half,” Thomas recalls the man telling her.
The man told Thomas he and a police escort would be pulling into her driveway in rural Marsh Valley in no time. He said they’d be accompanied by a police escort, driving the prize convertible.
“I just felt like it was too good to be true,” she said.
Thomas had her doubts.
She thought a little team work was in order.
“I handed the phone to him,” said Thomas, motioning toward her husband, Gaylon Thomas.
Gaylon wasn’t so certain either.
“I said, ‘I just have a hard time accepting this is true,” Gaylon recalls telling the man.