Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Phone Scammer Turns Threatening

Cookeville police say telephone con artists are getting bolder in their approach. A local woman reported this month that one such caller even threatened her life when she refused to wire him any money. She says the call had begun with a claim that she had won a Mercedes Benz, but would have to wire some $350 dollars to the caller in order to get the car. When the woman hung up on him, he reportedly called back and threatened her. That's when she called police. Officer Brandon Tayes says the call apparently originated from Jamaica, but says when he spoke to the scam artist, he was given specific instructions on how and where to wire the money. Police say people should generally be suspicious of any offer that sounds too good to be true and should always report threats to the police department.