MYRTLE BEACH — A 70-year-old Myrtle Beach woman told police that she sent money to an account after two men called her about 17 times because she had allegedly won $1 million and a new Sport Utility Vehicle, according to a police report.
The victim reported to police at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday that earlier that day she had received a phone call from a man, who identified himself as James China, and he told her she had won $1 million and a gold Jeep Cherokee with all taxes and insurance paid for a year, according to the report.
The victim said the man told her to go to Wal-Mart and send a money transfer in the amount of $504.64, according to the report. A short time later another man, who identified himself as David White, called the woman to tell her he was an hour away with her money and the Jeep.
The victim said the first man, China, called back to say she need to give them an additional $1,000 because of the IRS, according to the report. The victim told police she got 17 phone calls and one text message from the same number about the alleged winnings.
Officers learned the money was transferred to a prepaid American Express card account, according to the report. The officer was not able to learn on Tuesday where the card had been purchased and the incident is under investigation.
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