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Police in LaPorte are reminding residents to never give out personal information over the phone or agree to send money in order to claim a prize after a 59 year old man reported being the victim of a telemarketing scam Thursday. Police say the man informed them that on Monday, a man who identified himself as “Walter Lopez” told the victim he was calling on behalf of Publisher's Clearing house, claiming the victim had won 250-thousand dollars and a new vehicle, but in order to claim the prize, he had to obtain a PayPal card in the amount of 350 dollars and call back with the card number as part of a service fee. The victim ended up doing this two more times to cover other so called “fees”, shelling out a total of 850 dollars before he called Publisher's Clearinghouse and learned no one from the business had contacted him and that they never ask prize winners to send money to claim winnings.
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