Elderly woman says phone scam told her she won millions, a Mercedes

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)–Sometimes, you don’t know who is on the other other end of the line when you get a call. So when 97-year old Vi Schramm picked up her phone, she realized she was being scammed.

The man who called Schramm Thursday claimed to be a reverend.

“He said, ‘I have wonderful news for you. This is Reverend Bill Benjamin, and I’m calling because you won $75 million plus a Mercedes,” Schramm said.

The man wanted her to get two $500 money pack refill cards from Wal-Mart to transfer that Mercedes to her.

“When he said they would deliver the car when I gave them the money packets and he and Donald Trump would be visiting, I figured boy, I know this is really a scam. But he was very polite,” Schramm said.

The man also tried to get Schramm’s bank account information. She is telling her story so that no one else gets scammed.

Many scams originate outside the US so if you do for fall for them, it’s extremely difficult to ever get your money back.

“It’s a shame because some people that at my age won’t be as knowledgeable as what’s going on will get scammed,” Schramm said.

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