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Wiregrass Resident Hangs Up on Scammer

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Lena fish from Newton almost became a victim of a phone scam.
But she listened to her intuition and came out unharmed.
Now she's telling her story so others won't fall for it.

“The worlds just gone wicked.” Lena Fish said.

Lena fish never thought she would be the target of a phone scam.

“The man asked was I Mrs. Harvey Fish? I told him yes, and he said well I’m calling from the computer company.” Fish said.

The man wanted to talk to her about security and her computer.

“I just hung up right then.” Fish said.

Because something didn't feel right…

“I felt like something was going on. So i called the number back and i got a recording and it said it was a scam.” Fish said.

And police say people become victims to these kinds of scams every day.

“One of the common scams we see especially to the elderly is phone calls with a question or problem with a stated account.” Dothan Police Department Sergeant Rachel David said.

Then fish had to deal with scammers again, however this time her son and daughter in law were targeted online.
They were trying to sell a boat.
A man contacted them saying he would pay even more than they were asking for, and that was a red flag.

“She went to the bank and the bank told them that it was a scam and not to go forward.” Fish said.

But the scammer wasn't giving up easily.
Her daughter in law had to threaten to contact the F-B-I.
Fish
I just thank god she and i both had enough sense not to fall for it because there’s so many victims especially elderly.

Police remind everyone, there are warning signs.

“Anytime a business calls you, and they are asking for your information they should already have it on file if you are a customer of theirs.” David said.

If you're questioning whether the call is real, look up the businesses number yourself so you know it's a legit company.
Officers say if you do get a phone call from a weird number, don't call it back.
It could be an overseas number and you could end up with a high charge on your telephone bill.


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