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Arizona couple lose $13K in fraud scheme

CONGRESS, Ariz. -- Authorities say a northern Arizona couple has lost thousands of dollars in a fraud scam.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said the husband and wife, who are in their 90s and live in Congress, were told March 6 that they won a Mercedes-Benz.

Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the caller told them a $1,200 processing fee was required.

D'Evelyn said the husband complied and shared card numbers from pre-paid "Green Dot" cards.

He said the victim ended up buying more cards and the suspect accessed more than $11,000.

Authorities said the suspect called, pretending to be someone else, and demanded money for airfare to bring the couple a prize of gold bricks.

D'Evelyn said the couple contacted the Sheriff's Office on March 15, and deputies traced the calls to Jamaica.

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