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Scam Alert: Crooks Use Lottery Name, Promise Millions and a New Car

CLOVIS, Calif. (KMPH) -

Chances are, when you hear “Mega Millions” you think of the lottery.

You pick numbers and fill out a ticket at a convenience store.

But what if someone told you that you hit it big-- and you didn’t even play?

This happened to Eunice Weldy on Wednesday.

For days, the phone in her Clovis home was ringing off the hook.

She finally answered.

The caller told her she had won the so-called “Mega Millions Cash Reward.”

The prize?

$2.5 million dollars, and a brand new Mercedes Benz.

“I'd have a blast—I really would!” she says, about the possibility of becoming a millionaire.

However, “I don't even want a Mercedes Benz. I don't even like it.”

She told the caller she wasn’t interested.

“They say, ‘Oh, your husband filled out these papers and mailed them.’ That's a lie! My husband doesn't do nothing,” she says.

That's because her husband of more than 60 years, has Alzheimer's.

"If they had talked to my husband, he would have probably okayed everything, you know, thinking he was gonna get all this money," she said.

“What if they would have taken a credit card number or something? They wouldn't have money to pay their bills,” said Weldy’s granddaughter, Ashley Weldy.

Ashley eventually grabbed the phone from her grandmother.

The caller told her she’d receive the money and car by the end of the day.

But on one condition:

they had to pay $350 dollars.

The caller, wanted the money wired, from Walmart.

"It's a bunch of baloney,” says Eunice Weldy.

Her granddaughter adds, “It makes me disappointed that someone thinks they can do this to the elderly people and be okay with themselves, knowing what they're doing."

The home page of the actual Mega Millions lottery alerts people to the scam--that's even ripped off its name.

It also offers this advice:

-Check the caller's area code. Most calls related to this scam come from area code 876. That's Jamaica

Do not give the caller your bank account information-even if you're told the money will be wired to your account.

If you think the call is a scam, hang up. Otherwise, your name and contact information could end up on a list shared with others scammers.

If you’ve been called—and want to file a complaint, you can reach the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357.

Western Union, the company scammers ask their victims to use, also has a fraud hotline. That number is 1-800-448-1492.

It may also be a good idea to register your residential telephone number and/or wireless numbers, on the national Do-Not-Call registry.

You will need to call 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register.

You can also register online, clicking here.

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