‘Severely understaffed’ RPD won’t take ID theft report

July 20, 2012 • Local News

One Roswell woman may be considered one of the luckiest women in the world, or the unluckiest. In a space of a few short hours on Wednesday, she was told she had won $2.5 million from Mega-Million lottery company, $8,000 from Walmart and a free trip. In fact, Merlene Simmons received a total of six phone calls, each claiming she had won something.

In each instance, there was a catch. With the $2.5 million winnings, she was asked to pay 1 percent of the tax, which the caller said was $500.

Simmons kept records of each call right down to the minute the call was made. The first call came in at 11:57 a.m. The caller introduced himself as James Carter and asked if she remembered signing a ticket at a convenience store. She did.

“The frightening thing. They had my Login to read more

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