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Prospect Heights Woman Loses $50,000 in Phone Scam

Cowles said she spoke to the scammers for five hours on the phone.

A financial advice columnist is sharing her terrifying experience of falling victim to an elaborate phone hustle, which ultimately led her to putting $50,000 in a shoebox and handing it over to the scammers. Prospect Heights resident Charlotte Cowles is sharing a warning after phone scam artists convinced her to give them tens of thousands of dollars. "I thought that I would never fall for something like this," she said. Click here to read more on