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Scammer wants money wired to him

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Scams in which crooks prey on the elderly continue to plague Albany. Lyle McConnell was playing solitaire on his home computer when he got a phone call from someone who offered to give him a lot of money.

The caller told McConnell, who is 80, he would be a millionaire by the end of the day, if he went to Walmart and wired $475.

McConnell told the caller he knew it was too good to be true, but the man persisted.

"He just kept raving and kept getting more belligerent all the time, so I said, 'I'm going to hang up on you.' He didn't like that and he called back and said, 'Don't you hang up on me again' and I said, 'I'm talking on my phone. I can do what I want to.'"

That was a good decision. Police say scammers continue to target senior citizens since they often fall victim to the scams.

Remember, anytime someone wants you to send money to give you money, it's too good to be true. If you didn't enter a lottery or sweepstakes, you didn't win it.

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