Lottery scam almost tricks woman

Posted: Updated:
By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- Tracy Schrock is having a tough time lately. For starters, she can barely make her truck payments.

"Couldn't afford my truck. Had the repo truck hounding me, looking for me and I can't afford to do anything," Schrock said.
 
Also because she is unemployed, Schrock is struggling to keep a roof over her head.
 
"I hate to admit it, but I am on unemployment but I don't want to be on it,” she said. “It's just not me."
 
So, when Schrock checked her email recently, she thought her prayers had been answered. The email informed Schrock that she had won an overseas lottery.
 
"Congratulations, your email has been chosen for the winning lottery, UK Lottery, and these were the winning numbers," Schrock told 3 On Your Side.
 
The email indicated the lottery was somehow connected to the Ohio Lottery and it even had a similar logo. Even though Schrock lives in Phoenix, the Ohio connection made it seem more legitimate. So, Schrock wrote back to see if it was a scam.
 
"I explained to them that I am a single mother, I'm getting ready to lose my truck, lose the place I'm living. I can't, I can't afford to be taken," Schrock said.
 
Lottery officials replied it wasn't a scam and all she needed to do was wire $500 to pay lottery fees and processing charges. In return, they would deposit her money into her bank account and Schrock would be a wealthy woman.
 
"I was almost to the point where I was going to borrow $500 from my son and do it," Schrock said.
 
Instead, Schrock contacted me and I told her it was a scam and that she was getting ready to be taken for $500 or maybe more. Schrock said she's thankful and realizes her financial desperation almost forced her into a bad decision.
 
"So glad I didn't do it because, like I said, there was still that hope that 'Oh, you know what, this could be happening, this could be real,'" Schrock said.
 
It's really difficult to find and prosecute these conmen because a lot of the countries where they're doing this from don't have great relations with the U.S. Bottom line, never wire money to someone you don't know.