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.

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