Louise Mueller had just become a widow – her son was serving in Iraq - and she needed to return to work.
"I was kind of worried about my income, my finances, and how I was going to make it.," Mueller said.
The 84-year old woman admits she was emotionally overwhelmed. Then, she received a call saying she'd won a sweepstakes. She was told she needed to pay $2,500 in taxes in order to receive her $250,000 prize.
So, she did. No prize ever arrived.
When they called again to ask where her money was, they told her they'd meet her at the bank. But they never showed up at the bank.
"If you're receiving phone calls telling you need to send money in order to collect winnings, most likely it's a scheme,"
said U.S. Postal Inspector Frank Schissler.
Postal Inspectors say schemers prey on the victim's emotions.
"No legitimate lottery, or sweepstakes will ask you to send money, wire money or pay any kind of taxes, fees or other types of payment up front in order to collect your winnings," said Schissler.
Postal Inspectors say approximately 30,000 calls are made from Jamaica into the U.S. each day, attempting to defraud American citizens. 2 Wants To now talked to a postal inspector who revealed the post office sends investigators to Jamaica to work on these cases, but there are just too many.