Bristol, Tennessee Police Department investigators are asking the public to stay alert when transferring money.
In a release issued by the department, a Bristol resident filed a report saying she was contacted by a man, telling her she won $1 million and a new Mercedes.
According to police, the suspect requested the victim to send a total of $27,000 to a second victim in Blountville. Police say the second victim then forward $25,000 to a third victim in North Chicago, Illinois.
The initial victim from Bristol filed the report, saying she felt she was a victim in a scam.
Investigators with BPD say they started tracking money transfers and were able to intercept the $24,000 sent to the person in Illinois.
Then, according to police, the victim from Bristol was contacted by the suspect again and was asked to apply for a $68,000 loan.
The victim was advised to not send the money, according to investigators, and they say detectives were able to recoup $24,000 and return it to the victim in Bristol.
Detectives are still attempting to recover the remaining $3,000 but believe it has been sent out of the country and probably unrecoverable.
Investigators say the suspect is believed to be calling from Kingston, Jamaica. They add information has been turned over to the U.S. Secret Service for further investigation.
BPD sent the following statement via email to News Channel 11, reminding people to not send money without consulting a family member of law enforcement:
The Bristol Tennessee Police Department wants to remind residents never to send money like this without consulting with a family member or law enforcement. Scammers will pose as companies giving out prize money, as Government officials trying to collect taxes or threaten arrest if fines aren’t paid. If you are contacted by someone requesting money like this, don’t send anything and call your local law enforcement agency immediately.