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Blotter: Woman reports losing $7,000 in phone scam

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By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer

A woman reported to Denton County sheriff’s deputies Sunday that she believes she was fooled into handing over $7,000 in a scam.

She said that recently she received a telephone call from a “Mr. Smith, from MGM in Las Vegas” who notified her that she had won $2.5 million.

She was instructed to send money to cover fees and taxes associated with her win by wire to an address in New Port Richey, Fla.

She sent the money in a series of transactions as instructed. Then she contacted Mr. Smith to find out when she would be receiving her $2.5 million. He told her the money would be “shipped,” but she has so far not received shipment, and she now believes she may have been the victim of a scam.


Other reports

2300 block of Bowling Green Street — A woman called police Saturday afternoon after finding a house she was watching for the owner had been broken into.

She said she has been looking after the house for the past 11 years, and that the owner lived in Irving. She noticed Saturday about 4 p.m. that the front door was standing open and the frame had been damaged. She did not enter the house but called for help instead.

An officer noted that he had to knock down cobwebs across the door to enter.

The owner arrived and went through the house. She said she’d owned it for 30 years and sometimes used it as a weekend retreat. She reported missing seven Lionel train sets from a back bedroom.

South Lakes Park — A police officer on patrol noticed a car parked on a road in the park at about 12:45 a.m. Monday, which is after the park’s legal closing. No one is supposed to be in the park after closing, so the officer investigated.

He noted that the windows were fogged up, so he knocked on a window. Inside he found a 27-year-old man and his girlfriend. He could see in plain sight in the door compartment a grinder commonly used to prepare marijuana for smoking. The man said there was about an ounce of marijuana in the grinder, the report states.

The man did not have his driver’s license with him because he was wearing his pajamas, he said.

The man was taken to jail on a possession of marijuana charge and numerous outstanding warrants.



From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

•  Denton police handled 755 service and officer-initiated calls, including three domestic disturbances, one sexual assault, one burglary, three assaults, one report of criminal mischief, one case of possession of marijuana and one theft.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 1,913 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. A total of 102 people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of two vehicle burglaries, four thefts, one assault, one disturbance, one domestic disturbance and one fraud.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 38 medical calls, one request to unlock a vehicle, one request for public service, two grass fires, five traffic accidents, three false calls, one vehicle fire, one gas leak, one request to assist an invalid, two requests to assist police, two alarms and one electrical fire.

Argyle firefighters responded to three alarms, three medical calls, one illegal burn and one structure fire.

Aubrey firefighters responded to five medical calls, one structure fire, one road hazard and two traffic accidents.

Double Oak firefighters responded to eight structure fires and one unknown-type fire.

Krum firefighters responded to three medical calls, two traffic accidents, one grass fire, one vehicle fire and one hang-up call.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to two alarms, one assault, one request to assist a citizen, 11 medical calls, one request for mutual aid, one illegal burn, one structure fire, one suicide attempt and six traffic accidents.

Oak point firefighters responded to two medical calls, one structure fire and one traffic accident.

Ponder firefighters responded to one assault, two grass fires, one medical call, one traffic accident and one water main break.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to three medical calls and one structure fire.

Sanger firefighters responded to one alarm, one traffic accident, one request to unlock a vehicle, one assault, five medical calls, one electrical fire, two grass fires and one structure fire.

DONNA FIELDER can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is  


Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801. Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477).