MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A viewer contacted FOX10 and said someone tried to cheat her 95-year-old father out of a large sum of money.
The caller claimed to be with Publishers Clearing House.
Phone scams have been circulating for some time, but one in which the con artist offers to drive you to your bank goes a little too far.
"(The caller asked) ‘How far is it to your bank?' And my dad said, ‘About ten miles,'" said Arlette Cooper. youngest daughter of Sam Skelton, "[The caller then said] we're coming out there tomorrow."
Skelton served more than 20 years in the army air corps, retiring in 1962.
"He's a Pearl Harbor survivor, and that's where he met my mother, and me and my sister were born there," Cooper said.
When Skelton got a call saying he had won some money, but would first have to pay almost $20,000 in Alabama tax, he turned to his youngest Arlette Cooper.
"I told my sister there's something not quite right about this," said Cooper.
The deceptive caller left his phone number with Skelton, so Arlette called him.
"And I asked him who he was affiliated with and he said Publishers Clearing House," said Cooper.
Cooper was concerned about her father's safety, and worried that someone might actually show up at her father's home asking for money.
"(I asked) ‘How do I know this isn't a scam?' And he said, ‘Oh, no we're on the up-and-up.' I said, ‘I'll tell you what, if you're coming out tomorrow, I think would it be all right if I brought my attorney and a deputy sheriff"'" said Cooper.
Cooper got the Mobile County Sheriff's Office involved and a deputy told her no one would actually show up.
No one did bother her father at his home, but Cooper gave him some advice for next time.
"But I told my dad that if anyone ever calls to say that you've won anything, hang up the phone," said Cooper.
Publishers clearing house states on its web site that it never contacts winners by phone or asks that you send in money.
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