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Scammers try to fool mother and son in Sterling

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STERLING, Okla_A Sterling man and his elderly mother were almost scammed out of hundreds of dollars on the very same day. Earl Byrd told us he received a text message Wednesday, from a company telling him that he had won over $300,000 and a brand new truck. In order to get the money, he would have to send money to the company. What he didn't realize until later, was that his mother had received a similar phone call from the same company.

7News found out that it was just coincidence that the scammer got both mother and son the same day. Byrd said that after he hung up the phone with them, he told his mother about it. That's when she told him that she had received a similar call from the same company. Both mother and son were wise to the scam, and alerted the authorities.

Byrd admits that he did call the number back when he received the text message, but immediately grew suspicious after talking to a representative on the phone.

"They wanted too much other information, if you're a winner, they're not going to contact you like the way they did I don't believe."

He said they used a lot of tactics to try and lure him to take the bait, even religion.

"You're blessed by the Lord, they tried everything, all their little antics. Towards the end, he started getting a little pushy, that was another alert."

Byrd said the scammers told him to wire about $500 through Western Union to a woman in San Diego he didn't know. He was told when that transaction was complete that he would receive about $325,000 and a new truck. But Byrd didn't take the bait, something Police Chief Mike Barker said was smart.

"Be thinking that this is a scam because, you don't get anything for free, you have to work for what you get."

Chief Barker said once these scammers get your money it's gone and they are almost impossible to catch.

"They'll use a telephone exchange, there may be three or four numbers that they'll go through and it will be in a third world country somewhere."

We called the number back and spoke with a representative and asked her why the winner should send her company money to receive the prize. She told me that technically, the winner is not spending "money," they are only paying for shipping and handling. We then asked why that was even necessary, and she hung up the phone. 

Chief Barker said that his department has received several complaints about this particular scam just this week. He said anytime you receive these types of calls, call the authorities.

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