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November 11, 2004

Albany -  A Dougherty County woman was recently told by a telemarketer that she won $350,000 through a sweepstakes.

She was scammed when they asked her to insure the prize by sending $2,800 to Nicaragua.

Scam artists are not only using telephones, but also computers and direct mail to find their victims.

Captain Troy Conley of the Dougherty County Police Department explains "Being that the nation is still at war, it has been proven that a majority of the funds that are a lot of times allocated through these types of scams are in fact used by terrorist organizations."

Police say if you are asked to send money before you receive a prize, it's probably a scam.

Posted at 5:33 PM by jennifer.hulsey@walb.com