OMAHA(KPTM)- Crooks are now using the caller I. D. number that pops up on your phone as a tool to take your money. "Ed" of Omaha, doesn't want to share his real name but he's hoping that by telling his story, he can save others from what he calls a "$1400 lesson."
"I thought it was real because it was from 911 and that scared me. I just did what they said out of sheer fear," said Ed, who was told by a caller who changed the identifying information on the phone to show "911" that if he didn't pay the more than $2000 he "owed," a warrant for his arrest would be issued and he'd be carted off to jail.
Ed said he was called three times and asked to pay off his "debt" in installments of five hundred dollars, to be paid with hard to trace cash cards. "I was in shock and I'm trying to think 'where do I owe that much money,'" said Ed.
$1400 later, after the third call, Ed became suspicious and contacted police and the Better Business Bureau. Jim Hegarty says making a call look like it came from 911 is now, but scams like the one Ed fell for are everywhere. "BBB's all over North America are reporting receiving calls from people claiming to be law enforcement and threatening consumers with potential arrest if they don't make an immediate payment on debts," said Hegarty.
So, how do you tell if you are dealing with genuine officers of the law. Hegarty says a legitimate official will have identifying information that you can use to check him or her out. Also, he says a they wouldn't ask for wire transfers, cash or specify a cash card for payment.
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