Contest scam costs Toledo a few thousand

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — The coin toss scam is on the rise these days. A Toledo couple has already lost thousands to one.

If someone calls you out of nowhere and tells you that you won a contest that you didn’t enter, that’s something you don’t want to mess with.

Bruce and Magdalena Greenfield recently won a $2 million jackpot. At least they thought they did.

“It was Mega Millions or some kind of lottery,” said Bruce Greenfield.

It was a lottery they hadn’t played, but with medical bills rising, they thought it was a big break.

“We don’t really want to get into the game, but desperation drove us to it,” said Magdalena Greenfield.

The alleged lottery company first needed $500 for fees. The couple deposited the money in a bank account. Then it was $200 for this and $300 for that until the amount was in the thousands.

“They were saying something like delivery charges or expenses that seemed pretty reasonable,” Bruce Greenfield said.

Almost two years later, they discovered that there was no jackpot. They lost thousands of dollars and what they thought was a big break is a big meltdown.

The family needed this money for practical things. They weren’t trying to buy a waterfront property or an exotic car. They practically thought, like paying for the drainage outside their house.

“What can I do for us? What can I do for our family? said Bruce Greenfield.

No real lottery will ask for payment in advance. The scammers have tried every trick in the book, even offering a refund for a fee. The Greenfields hope you learn from them. Remember that sounding too good to be true almost always is.

“I’m so sorry we got him, he took a lot of money that we needed, but I really hoped there was someone honest in all of this. I find out I’m wrong” , said Magdalena Greenfield.

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