Man loses $49,000 to Jack Pot Scam

(County 17)

(Gillette, Wyo.) A Gillette man reported he had sent a large amount of money through the mail thinking he was going to receive a larger payout through a scam labeled as a Publishers Clearing House Jack Pot. Instead, he has now lost a combined total of $49,000.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Sept. 21, the 70-year-old man was taken to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office by his 39-year-old son. The son wanted his father to report the scam that had claimed an astonishingly large amount of his father’s money, said Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds.

Authorities learned that the father had mailed approximately $49,000 in money orders and cash to various addresses in an attempt to claim a Publishers Clearing House Jack Pot, Reynolds stated.

The sheriff’s office collected copies of some of the documents involved and investigated the number that had contacted the 70-year-old male. Additionally, Publishers Clearing House was contacted. The merchandising company revealed that this was not the first scam reported to have come from the number that had contacted the Gillette man.

He was advised to not send any more money or information. Both the man and his son were given contact information for the FBI fraud division, Reynolds said.