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Scammer uses lottery ruse to get money

STEWARTVILLE — An 82-year-old woman is the latest victim of a scam involving a prepaid Wal-Mart card.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the Stewartville woman received a call from someone who told her she'd won $5 million from the Minnesota Lottery. To claim the winnings, she was asked to pay $500 in taxes, via a prepaid card, and the money would be deposited into her bank account.

The woman purchased the card; the caller contacted her again and asked for the number on the card to confirm she'd paid the "taxes." That's all the scammers need to access the money on the card, said Sgt. Tom Claymon.

The woman is out the $500, he said.

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