Pharmacy employee helps thwart scam

A local pharmacy employee stopped a woman from falling victim to a scam, police said.

A woman reported to police at 10:30 a.m. Monday that a man had called her and told her she won $1.3 million and a car in a sweepstakes. The woman was told she needed to pay the 1 percent tax on the winnings and car, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

When she went to a pharmacy to send the money through a wire transfer, the employee refused to take her money and told her the call was a scam, the report said.

The man who had called her asking for the money told her to tell the employee the wire transfer was for a family member, the report said.

The woman hung up on the caller and did not send any money, the report said.

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