Woman taken for $4,000 in scam

A Center Grove area woman lost more than $4,000 in a scam after she was told she won a prize.

Last year, the woman received a phone call and was told she won a Las Vegas Christmas Sweepstakes and that she needed to pay insurance on the winnings, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

During the next few months, the woman talked to four different people and sent money three times. She sent $2,000 plus $19.99 for shipping the first time and then waited for her winnings, the report said.

When the money didn’t arrive, she called back and then sent two money orders for $1,015 plus $15 for shipping to an address in Costa Rica, the report said.

She never received any money.

The woman told police she’d had brain surgery a few years ago and believed she never would have fallen for the scam before that, the report said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.