A Worthington woman reportedly was scammed out of thousands of dollars in a "sweepstakes" hoax, according to the Worthington Division of Police.
The 84-year-old woman received an April 19 call, which told her she had won a $2.5 million sweepstakes but needed to pay the taxes on the prize upfront, according to reports.
The person on the phone reportedly told the woman to purchase gift cards and provide their numbers over the phone, and she bought gift cards of $399 and $500.
Next, the caller told her to go to the bank, where she needed to acquire a cashier's check for $9,000.
Tellers at the bank identified the scam and told the woman they would not give her the cashier's check, instead advising her to contact the police.
The bank tellers also contacted police themselves, according to reports.
Before police could get involved, the woman bought another $2,000 in gift cards to provide over the phone before police informed her of the situation April 23.
Police believe the scam originated from outside the country and do not expect to file charges or make an arrest.
In other recent Worthington police incident reports:
* A recently terminated employee of a business on Huntley Road told police his employer had assaulted him after firing him, but investigators found no evidence supporting the accusation.
The 45-year-old man reported the incident at the police station the afternoon of April 20, claiming his employer had grabbed him by the throat and pushed him against a wall. The man had no visible injuries and no evidence of the altercation.
When officers interviewed the 52-year-old employer, he said the terminated employee "lunged at him" in what he believed was an attempt to "bait" him into assaulting him but told officers he did not touch the man.
No charges were filed.
* A Worthington woman reported someone broke into her car and stole a tablet computer overnight April 18 on the 200 block of Hennessey Avenue.
She said digital purchases had been made on her account, which was still logged in on the tablet.