The bad guys had told her she had won the publishing clearing house (or something like that) and that they would be arriving with balloons, flowers and a big check. Then there was some kind of problem with them getting her winning money and they needed a check from her, which they would hold and then give back to her. (Have no idea what excuse they used for that). Several checks later and they had wiped out her bank account. She finally told her kids about it who had her call the police. The people who did this to her have been cashing the checks via a local bank so they are pretty sure they are working in the United States. She figured her money was gone with no way to get it back but the police said for her not to give up hope, that sometimes they do manage to get it back. She told us about it because she didn't want it to happen to us. She's also worried because her address was on the checks. We do live in a pretty secure building but are now being extra careful not to let anyone in we don't know. My question is, have any of your loved ones been approached with something like this and how did they handle it? I'd love to see these people spend the rest of their lives in jail but don't really think the odds are that great.