McPherson woman falls victim to scam

By Chris Swick
July 09, 2015

A McPherson woman was the victim of a time-share scam and law enforcement wants you to be careful not to fall under a similar crime.

According to McPherson Police Captain Kevin McKean, the 68-year-old woman had owned a time share in Florida and tried several times to sell it. One of the responders required a certain amount to make the sale happen, which occurred several times over a period of about two years before the woman finally contacted law enforcement.

By the time all was said and done, she had lost nearly $8,400.

To avoid a something similar happening to you, McKean says to keep in mind that, if you have to give money to get money, it's a scam.

“That's the best way that I can put it,” McKean said. “They did a good job of their advertisement. If you have to spend money to get money, it's a scam.”

The time share scam is still under investigation, though McKean noted it is fairly unlikely that the money will be recovered.

“Unfortunately, especially in a case like this, there's not much we can do to follow up on them,” McKean said, “There have been times in the past when we've worked with other law enforcement agencies and the scammers have used wire agencies that made it possible to track them down. But, on a phone line, that can be routed anywhere and most likely starts overseas.”

McKean says, if you think you've been a victim of a scam, contact law enforcement and advise them what is going on.