An 82-year-old woman from Sterling Heights was scammed out of approximately $30,000.
This scam started in January when the woman says she received a phone call saying she won a sweepstakes. Since Jan. 1, the woman sent more than $30,000 to the Philippines to collect her winnings.
She told police the caller always requested more money from her.
In the latest incident, the woman went to withdraw $5,000 from her account when her banking institution intervened.
The bank informed the elderly woman that the sweepstakes was a scam and the police were notified.