This time, the scammers did not win.
Port Chester police say a 75-year-old village resident could not be fooled when he was targeted last week by a con artist.
The Port Chester man told police he had been contacted five times over the past month by a man calling himself "Patrick Lewis" and telling him that he had won a cash prize. However, to collect the prize the Port Chester man was told he first had to send money to Lewis.
The Port Chester man was last contacted twice on Tuesday. Police said the resident realized he was being targeted for a scam and he called Port Chester police to alert them about the scam.
Police warn that if you are asked to send money in order to collect a prize, you are being targeted for a scam and that you should not send any money. If you are asked to send money by wire, there are no protections if you are the victim of a scam — once you wire the money, it's gone.
Throughout the year, Port Chester residents have been targeted for a variety of scams, ranging from fake lotteries to threats that their utility service would be cut off and that they needed to immediately wire money to keep the lights on.