The appointed time came and went.
At 11 a.m. Doris Langness was supposed to be wealthy beyond her wildest dreams, but no one ever showed up with a check for $2.5 million.
This 88-year-old Colorado Springs woman says she's not upset. Her 11 children, 45 grandchildren, and 57 great grandchildren are her riches and she doesn't need a dime more.
Doris says, "I trust the Lord for my living and He's provided it so graciously, in a nice, good way."
Daughter-in-law, Darcell Langness called me after Doris received numerous phone calls from Jamaica. I brought in reps with Doris' credit union, Ent who helped her see the persistent calls and promises were just a snare to get her cash.
Keri Gass with Ent Federal Credit Union says, "We don't want to see anybody get ripped off."
We called the so-called operators of Gold Rush International Awards. They said there was a big misunderstanding and Doris had to pay $555 in upfront fees before an attorney would be knocking on her door with millions.
We don't want the crooks to bother Doris anymore so our Call for Action volunteer Adalene called Qwest. It's taking steps to block those annoying calls from Jamaica.
Anytime you get calls congratulating you for winning millions... stop and think about the last time you entered a sweepstakes. And remember, you can't participate in a lottery outside the U.S. unless you're in that country at the time and bought a ticket there. In Doris' case, she's been too busy keeping up with grandkids and great-grandkids to travel.
If you win a lottery or sweepstakes you shouldn't have to cough up any upfront fees.
The I.R.S. Doesn't require you to pay taxes till after you receive your winnings.
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