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Couple Targeted By Out-Of-Country Phone Scam

Reported: May. 16, 2014 12:13 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Dan Matics) -- Last year, 6,000 complaints were filed with the State Attorney General's office regarding scams in West Virginia. The majority of those scams targeted the elderly.

Harvey and Suna Unger are on a fixed income, and are the latest victims of an out-of-country phone scam.

“I am so hopeless,” Suna Unger said. “They keep calling and calling.”

Her phone number has pretty much become a hotline for overseas phone scammers.

A couple of months ago, Harvey received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the federal lottery commission and that he had won somewhere near $3 million.

However, before he could collect his winnings he had to pay insurance and taxes.

So, all on credit, he loaded up thousands on prepaid cards and gave the information to scammers that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said are likely overseas.

Altogether, the Ungers are out somewhere near $22,000.

“[I’m] Angry! How are we going to make it? We can’t afford it how am I going to make it?” Unger said.

Morrisey said be mindful if anything seems too good to be true.

“There’s virtually nothing in life that is free,” Morrisey said. “Do your research, call the consumer protection office to learn about the latest scams.”

Morrisey said no responsible organization will ask for a pre-paid card as a form of payment and if you have truly won something, you won’t have to pay money to collect.

There has been a fund set up to help the Unger family through the United Bank in Huntington.

The name is “Friends Against Fraud Corporation.” It can be found on Twiiter using the hashtag #helpingharvey.



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