Sioux Falls Police say an 82-year-old woman fell victim to a phone scam.

"The woman received a phone call from somebody claiming to be from Publisher's Clearinghouse. The person said she had won a car. That's all fine and good," said Sioux Falls Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Clemens.

"They then asked for some money which is pretty unusual for a legitimate award or prize. She went ahead and sent them $1,500. They then requested more money. That's when she realized it was probably a scam."

Clemens says beware of callers that want money before getting a prize.

"If somebody calls you and they want some type of money for a prize that you allegedly won that's usually a red flag. Do some homework on your own. Make sure you're not sending money until you do some checking. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is."

Unfortunately, Clemens says the Sioux Falls woman will probably never get back the money she sent to the caller.

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