A new scam alert to watch out for across the tr?state.
Older people are targeted?
And authorities say it's because they're less likely to question the caller?
And might not be as tech savy.
One tr?state woman*nearly became a victim.
Megan diventi has been digging deeper into this story and joins us live in studio with the latest.
Amanda and ma?
It was here in evansvill?
Old woman was*almost scammed of 45 hundred dollars.
But instead of sending money over the phon?
The situation became much more concerning when they asked her to meet in person.
"once that money is gone, you read that gift card number off, you send the check you're not going to get it back."
Police are looking into a scam that almost cost an 8?yea?old evansville woman thousands of dollars.
??d was notified after her gut instinct told her the situation she was i?didn't feel right.
She told authorities she received a phone call about winning a publishers clearing house prize?
And when she told the caller she didn't have an email to receive the mone?
The caller told her to do something els?
"she received information, they gave her instructions she needed to drive to office depot so she could print out some additional instructions."
That office depot on green river roa?
"when she got up there she was asked to provide vehicle description to someone on the phone and then that person told her that she needed to come out into the parking lot and meet with them."
She told police she didn't feel comfortable meeting so she called her so?who quickly contacted polic?who say this situation is not common for scammers.
"having an instruction to actually go out into a parking lot and meet somebody is something i don't know that i've seen before if it's happened it's been very rare."
Police say the paper work she printed at the store described she would've had to pay 4500 prior to receiving her winning?a major warning sign according to police.
"if somebody tells you that you have to give them money to collect what you supposedly won that is a big red flag as well.
So do not send that money in through gift cards, through cashiers check, anything like that."
??d says the elderly are often victims to scam?
Which is why it's important to follow your instincts.
"we always want our people to side on the of caution and make sure they don't put themselves in harms way."
Evansville police say it's also important to remember you cannot win a contes?you never entered.
If you are ever unsure if you are being scamme?you can either contact police or the better business bureau.
Megan diventi, 44news.