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Employees stop lottery scam

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Customer Service Supervisor Debra Ward, Retail Associate Mike Hogan and Station Manager Glenda Gillis received awards for their efforts.

Postal employees in Galveston, TX, were recently recognized for preventing a customer from being scammed out of more than $6,000.

The scammer told Walter Wier he won the lottery and needed to send money to insure his winnings. Wier had already sent more than $7,000 to cover the “taxes.”

When Weir got to the Post Office, Retail Associate Mike Hogan heard his story and persuaded him to not send the money.

Customer Service Supervisor Debra Ward and Station Manager Glenda Gillis contacted the police who found the scammer and arrested him.

Police praised the postal employees at a March 6 press conference.

“If anyone over the telephone promises you you’ve won a great reward — $2.5 million and a Mercedes Benz — hang up on them,” Wier told KHOU news.

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