Some metro area citizens are falling victim to Nigerian scam artists thinking they have won millions in cash and prizes.
Three different scams have been reported to authorities.
Hinds County authorities say the latest ploy is to persuade seniors to purchase green cards for several hundred dollars.
They promise millions from the New York lottery, Publishers Clearing House and others.
The letters were sent in the mail to a 78 year old Jackson woman.
During a news conference Wednesday, Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said con artists are now using a new tactic to dupe older citizens out of money.
They convince seniors to buy a green gift cards.
"He said in order for me to validate you have the card, there are some numbers on the bottom, said Joyce Caracci. "I need those numbers from you. So I gave him the numbers and that was the end of that. It taught me a lesson."
78 year old Joyce Caracci believed she had won $1 million and a 2011 Mercedes.
Instead this elderly Jackson woman was duped out of $375.
Other ploys involve official looking cards with a voice message.
It directs victims to call immediately to find out if they are eligible for millions of dollars.
In another scenario, a caller identifies himself as head of a federal agency.
The federal agency needs personal information from the victim so that $10.5 million can be transferred from the Bank of Nigeria into the victims account.
The $10.5 million dollar payment is described as a "secret diplomatic transit payment."
Sheriff McMillin wants everyone to be aware.
A special senior 24 hour help line has been set up to report bogus scams.
It is available to anyone who has fallen victim to the scams.
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