“One hundred dollar bills. It was nothing but $100 bills,” Thomas said. “Each page of the calendar had $100 bills lined in it.”
East Point police Capt. Allyn Glover said the man’s reaction to the cash was even more surprising.
“He didn’t hesitate. Mr. Thomas came up and turned the money in,” Glover told Channel 2.
By the time police contacted the woman, she had already learned she had been scammed, the news station reported. Her family had contacted her grandson, who was able to clear everything up, but they expected that the cash was long gone.
Glover said the department is in the process of sending it back to the woman.
“This is happening unfortunately all over the country,” he said.
Many others aren’t as lucky.
MORE: Roswell couple scammed out of $500K, tried to buy 220 pounds of gold from Africa
In December, a Roswell couple discovered that a 220-pound gold shipment they ordered from Ghana was a hoax, costing them more than $500,000, AJC.com previously reported.
A month earlier, a University of Georgia student and a Cobb County woman were both scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars in similar Social Security schemes. In total, they lost more than $65,000.
RELATED: 'So darn believable': Cobb woman lost $35K during 11½-hour call with scammers
The FBI told AJC.com that it receives 800 to 1,200 Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports each day, about 20 to 25 of which are from Georgia. It's unclear if the Wisconsin woman has filed a report.
The agency said the complaints are analyzed, categorized and bundled with similar cases, if applicable. Those that aren’t investigated remain in their records “for analysis and potential future investigation.”
Read the full story from Channel 2 Action News here.
In other news:
Several neighborhood streets were shut down Thursday after state troopers say a trooper shot and killed a man driving toward him.