Scammers target elderly Puyallup woman

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- A Puyallup woman said she lost all her money to a greedy scam artist, and now she hopes her mistake can help keep others from falling into the same trap.

Evelyn Breckner was told she won $450,000, but in order to get the money she needed to first pay $2,800.

The 87-year-old thought she'd be able to provide for her family with her winnings, but instead she was swindled out of everything she owns.

"I thought, how nice that would be and so I went ahead I continued with it because I wanted to do it and it didn't work out," she said.

Breckner's granddaughter is furious about the scam.

"You took from a woman who's done nothing but work her butt off on a farm and in a field her entire life just to have what she has," said Krystal Brilhante.

Breckner's now broke and having a hard time making end meets.

"What do you tell your family or your friends when you need help to put groceries on your table?" Brilhante said.

The family now wants to warn others about similar scams, and Breckner's granddaughter has a piece of advice for how to deal with scammers.

"Tell them they're stupid," she said. "Tell them to go to Hell. Tell them to stick it where the sun doesn't shine."

Experts say if someone needs to be paid through an untraceable method such as cash cards, Western Union wires or cash, it should be a huge red flag.