CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- An alert New York state UPS employee is credited with saving an elderly Iowa woman from losing thousands of dollars in cash.

The worker called police on Tuesday when he felt something wasn't right about a package that had been delivered to the Union Road store. An investigation showed the box contained $8,300 and was sent from an 81-year-old Iowa woman.

The woman got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and was told she needed to send the money to process a cash prize she had won in the Austrailan lottery.

What Daniel Dumesh, 26, of Holland Landing, Ontario didn't know, however, was that two Cheektowaga, N.Y. detectives were waiting for him in the back of the UPS store when he showed up to pick up the package.

Dumesh is charged with grand larceny and is being held on $25,000 bail at the Erie County Holding Center. Police will make sure the victim gets her money back.

Cheektowaga Police want to remind people to ignore all calls and requests to send cash or gift cards through the mail to prevent a potential similar incident from happening to them.