A 79-year-old Madison woman was robbed of over $1,000 after falling for one of the oldest scams in the book.

The woman, who lives on the East Side, was duped by the "you are a big winner" scam, thinking she was going to get $3 million and a car in a contest she'd never entered, Madison police said in a news release.

"First, she sent a $150 check to an address in Georgia to pay the 'foreign country tax', because her winnings were coming from overseas," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

The victim then put $900 on two Green Dot Money Pak cards and gave the card numbers to the scammers, the money paying for insurance and transfer fees.

"After the transactions, she was told to expect the prize between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. this past Wednesday," DeSpain said. "When no prize arrived, she called police."

An officer checked the woman's phone records and found a number being used by the scammers, 876-887-5202.

A Google search showed the number is from Jamaica.

Bill Novak is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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