RNRF Attempts Counter-Scam on Fraudulent WREC Employee
SPRING HILL – Bandit, burglar, thief, crook, pilferer, swindler, whatever term you use they are constantly waiting in the shadows for unsuspecting victims to relieve them of their hard earned cash.
Unfortunately, Hernando County has its share of scoundrels looking for every opportunity to take advantage of naïve and trusting individuals.
Today, a local well-known flower shop nearly fell-victim to a utility company scam, which could have taken them for $500 cash.
After reporting the scam to law enforcement, shop owners contacted RNRF, hoping to get the word out the community.
Shop employees, who did not wish to be identified, say a man who claimed to work for Withlacoochee Electric called and demanded nearly $500 or they would shut off their power.
The suspect asked the shop employees to meet them at Office Depot on Cortez Blvd, where he would accept the cash.
Before shop owners tipped the suspect off to their suspicions, RNRF offered to meet with the suspect, disguised as a flower delivery driver and capture the exchange on video.
When I arrived at the designated location, with envelope in hand, I received a call from the suspect, asking me to purchase a prepaid Visa Card and load it with $500. I asked where I would be meeting him but he said “No we won’t be meeting… You will just call this number and enter the information from your card into a Pay Pal account.”
Disappointed that our “counter-scam” had failed, I decided to come clean and interview the caller.
RNRF – So how much money do you make scamming people of their hard earned money?
Suspect – What? Um… What do you mean?
RNRF – Well, I just want to know if you make hundreds of thousands or millions?
Suspect – I don’t know what you mean. I only make $8.00 an hour.
RNRF – Really? Let me ask you something. Is your office in Miami?
Suspect – Um, yes.
RNRF – Did you know investigators are aware of your location and that you may be contacted my law enforcement soon?
Suspect – No, I did not know!
RNRF – Yes, its true. I am a reporter with RNRF news and you are scamming people of thousands of dollars every day. How do you feel about that?
Suspect – I did not know. I will quit my job as soon as I hang up… I promise. I did not know.
RNRF – Okay… Have a great day.
Unfortunately, scams like these happen every day and officials say they are nearly impossible to track and prosecute because they cross numerous jurisdictions.
If you believe you are being victimized by a scam artist, contact law enforcement right away. And then… Contact RNRF.
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