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Another scam artist comes close to succeeding

Scams are coming by mail, by email, by text message and by phone.

Monday we reported the bank scam alert. Now this one was shared at church Sunday, where the intended victim and her husband barely made it away from the scammer. They want others to be aware.

A double hit scam put extreme pressure on the local couple. It first arrived in a text message on the smart phone of the busy young Columbia woman. Then she got a phone call from an authoritative male, referring to that text, saying she had to pay 10% immediately or risk horrible action against her.

Her husband was within earshot and noting her stressful responses to the caller's pressure he dialed the number of the incoming call from his own phone. There was no answer, it kept ringing - they could hear the phone ringing in the background behind the scammer's voice.

The scammer explained that away, saying it was just in the other end of his office and he was alone and couldn't get to it while on the phone with her.

She said she came so close to just paying it to be done with it - then the man started asking her to convert her 'payment' to bitcoin - at that point both she and her husband realized she was on the phone with a trained scam artist and she quickly hung up.

Remember: NEVER give out your bank account information, passwords, or social security numbers. No reputable institution nor law enforcement agency, nor the post office will ever text, call, or email pressuring you to make an immediate move.

Never click a link - don't log in to important sites from links in emails or text messages.

This story was posted on 2024-02-06 22:49:42
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Very real looking notice is a scam

2024-02-06 - Columbia, KY - Photo from the recipients.
This very real looking document was received in the form of a text message. It was followed by a call about it from an authoritative male demanding immediate action. The Columbia couple who just barely recognized it was a scam in time to avoid giving in just wants to share it to help alert others to the danger.

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