HONOLULU (KHON2) — A 76-year-old Oahu man thought he won the lottery, but he actually did not. Instead, he got conned out of $64,000.

For this edition of Kupuna Life, KHON2 reports on this and other scams kupuna should be aware of.

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Winning the lottery is something many people dream of, and when a 76-year-old Oahu man was told he won, he believed it. However, he also believed that he had to pay taxes on his winnings before getting it.

“And so he was instructed to go to all the Walmarts and Walgreens on the island and max out in gift cards and prepaid visa cards, and he used all his legit credit cards and maxed it out to the total of $64,000. Then on Sunday night, he called back the scam artists and read the numbers on the back of the gift cards and that money was gone,” explained Scott Spallina, the Supervising Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Elder Abuse Unit.

In one weekend, $64,000 vanished, and unfortunately, this is not the first time something like this has happened.

“A lot of people are still believing that they won the lottery, and in order to collect the money, they have to pay an advanced fee, they have to pay a tax beforehand,” said Spallina.

Spallina wants to remind everyone that taxes do not work that way — people should first get their money, then they…

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