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Four State Man Scammed Out Of $40,000 Dollars

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A Four State man is scammed out of $40,000 dollars. The scammers claimed to be from the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, and the Crawford County Sheriff says his Department has been receiving calls on area scams.
"Mr. Brink, what could you come up with?" 
"Nothing, I will not pay you another cent."

This is the transcript of a phone conversation between Roger Brink of Mulberry, Kansas and a woman claiming to be an agent for the Publishers Clearing House. She promised in exchange for money he would receive $850,000 dollars, and a brand new Mercedes.

"Boy you've got the world on a string, you know, and it's just not so," Brink said.
 
Brink says it all started back in February when he received this letter from Publishers Clearing House explaining his winnings.  

"They keep saying give us $6,000 more and it'll be over with today," he said. 

But Brink says $6,000 quickly turned to $40,000 thousand.  

"You said 'I need $6,000 more dollars to get this settled!," Brink told the woman over the phone. 
"Yes, Correct, that's what I told you, Mr. Brink," she responded. 
"I've given you $40,000 already!" 
 
All paid for using  prepaid credit cards from Walmart purchased for about $1,000 dollars each. Brink says he cashed out his Life Insurance, IRA and life savings with nothing to show.  

"They kept saying at three o'clock today you'll have everything, you'll have everything….well they didn't and I don't," he said.
 
"It's heart breaking," said Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak.
 
Sheriff Peak says a scam of this magnitude is usually planned well in advance. And that scammers will say and do anything to get your money.  

"You can use the money to help your children, God will bless you," the woman told Brink on the phone.

Police also say phone scams are often hard to trace.

"It's difficult to take, and it's hard to tell them there's often not a whole lot we can do to get that money back sometimes," Peak said.
 
Peak says the one thing to make sure to do is to treat all cards like these as money and to never give out any pin number. Something Brink says he wishes he had done from the very beginning.

"I don't want anybody to know what a damn fool I was, but I don't want anybody else to fall for it," Brink said.
Sheriff Peak says anyone who  has question as to whether something is a scam should contact their local police department -- and should never send money or personal information to strangers.  

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