"The more people looking out, the better chance we have at catching these people," explains Cindy, who declined to have her last name mentioned.
She says her 92-year-old aunt was scammed. She was told in order to claim her $450,000 prize; Cindy’s aunt would have to pay up first.
"She was asked to send $2,250. They told her that she needed to send that to prove who she was,” says Cindy.
Her aunt went to claim the prize money, by making a stop at a Redding Post Office. That’s where she collected three separate money orders, totaling $2,250.
"They were very detailed, and very well organized," says Cindy.
The scammers even told her aunt that there would be a big celebration for winning the prize.
"They would bring balloons, and would she want the media there, and did she want to be escorted to the bank," recalls Cindy.
But the cash never came.
"They took her money, and there's nothing we can do about it. The money orders have been cashed,” says Cindy, who has since contacted Redding Police about the scam.
The takeaway from this unfortunate case, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
"It's scary, and I just want people in the community to be aware that we really have to look out for our senior citizens,” urges Cindy.