Scam Alert: Local woman wants you to learn from her mistake

BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - You think you win big money, but realize after you keep sending money to pay for "delivery fees," the money might not ever come.

That's what happened to Monica Bollinger.

She says she got a letter in the mail a couple months ago entering her into a drawing.  Then, just a few days ago she got a call saying she'd won over $7 million dollars.

The men on the phone told her a couple different times to send money via a Money Pack Card and MoneyGram from Wal-Mart to pay for delivery fees.

She realized after paying over $1,000 that her big win probably wasn't going to come.

"I woke up this morning, I waited for them to get here, I called them and they all answered my calls, and they talked to me and everything and they said well they should be there any minute," said Bollinger.

After the men told her they were lost, she tried to meet them, when they then told her they already flew back to the East Coast..

"It just made me really upset, and I told him that I was going to try to get these guys caught, because it's not fair what they're doing to people. And he said good luck trying to catch us," said Bolligner.

She says it's all too easy to get sucked in.

"I always had that feeling in the back of my head saying don't do this, do not give them this $750 dollars, how do you know this isn't a scam, and I just couldn't stop myself," said Bollinger.

"I think that's why even gambling is so popular, you know you want to get something for nothing," said Bollinger County Sheriff McElrath. "You go down there and play the slot machines, or the poker, whatever it is, it's the thrill of getting something for nothing."

McElrath says a number of people fall for this sort of thing, hoping the big money win is true.

But, he says if you ever win something, you shouldn't have to pay for it.

"They're not going to pick my name out of a hat and say well we're going to send you millions of dollars, all you have to do is send us $2,500 dollars, or something you know to do it," said McElrath. "We're going to reward you for doing that. Well if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

McElrath says it's important to not give out your information like your address, home phone, bank account, or social security number if someone contacts you.

He says if a source is legitimate, like your bank, they should already have that information.

Bollinger says she wanted to share her story, to prevent anyone else from falling for this type of thing.

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