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Scammer threatens murder

CALDWELL COUNTY, Ky. — We’ve heard of the grandparent scam, the Nigerian check scam and credit card scams but this time, scammers have raised the bar.

Scammers went so far as to threaten murder and kidnapping, just to get personal information from their victims.

Luckily a local couple was too smart to fall into the trap. They are a very young couple with a newborn baby. They’re just starting out. The scammer threatened to take all that away and said he’d shoot the boyfriend in the head and take the baby away if they didn’t cooperate.

“He just said ‘Hey sweetheart,’ I could barely understand him. He was foreign. I kept telling him he had the wrong number,” Jennifer Mills said.

But despite Mills’ desperate attempts to silence the man on the other line, he wouldn’t let up and kept calling.

You couldn’t really understand him, he was kind of foreign,” she says.

But Jennifer Mills’ boyfriend, Todd Hale did get one thing clear; the scammer, who called himself ‘Bob,’ said he had a package and money for Jennifer and would drop it off at their house, and they’d better cooperate or else.

“He was going to shoot me in the head with a nine millimeter, he was pretty specific on everything,” Hale says.

He wasn’t scared at first, the caller i-d said the call came from Jamaica and he didn’t think the scammer knew where they lived. But the threats, kept getting worse.

“If I don’t give it (personal information) to him he’s going to come kill me and take my son and her,” Hale claims the scammer said to him.

We did an reverse lookup online, and sure enough the number can be traced to Jamaica.

We called the number and the man on the other line said he did have a Package for Jennifer.

I asked him why Jennifer deserved the money and he said it was because she always took care of her bills on time and that she never owed any tax money.

He claimed he knew everything about her, including where she lived.

He says he worked for a legitimate international company, I told him who I was, that we were doing a story and that Jennifer thought he was a scammer.

“I don’t give a flying ****ok!” The man said.

But then he calmed down, and said if we sent him money we could get in on the deal, too.

“I will wire ten million dollars to you, that is a deal, because I’m a rich man,” he said.

A scam, that these two are glad they didn’t fall for.

“I ain’t got money, not a whole lot anyway,” Hale said.

The two ended up changing the number, just to get this guy off their backs. After talking to the scammer, I can tell you, he didn’t know where the couple lived and had no intention of delivering anything, he just wanted them to wire him, money.


March 22, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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