REPORT: Scammer chickens out when he realizes target is a cop

BY TEAM DML / MAY 14, 2018 /

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The Peebles Police Department is looking into a series of scam calls that are being made to residents in Adams County.

Police learned a lot more about what the scammers are looking for after one of their officers spent more than 11 minutes on the phone with a man claiming to be from the Publisher’s Clearing House.

The article goes on to state the following:

“He’s called several people,” Officer Jeff Bowling said. “When he called me, he asked the same questions — wanted me to provide an identification so that they could deliver the money.”

The scammer first asks who he is speaking with and then pretends as if the person answering is just who he was looking to get in touch with. The caller then states that you’ve won $950,000 and a bonus prize of a brand new Mercedes Benz that they can deliver if you’re willing to share some personal information and send them money up front.

Police say the scammers take the time to learn enough about the area to sound as if they live nearby. The person calling Peebles residents says he lives just up SR-247 in Hillburg (police believe he’s referring to Hillsboro).

According to the report, when the scammer asked for Bowin’s ID, the officer answered: “Umm — actually right now I’ve got my police ID, is that the one you’d like to see?”

The scammer continued to probe for the officer’s personal information until Bowling accused the caller of “taking advantage of everybody else,” the scammer quickly ended the call.

Listen to the call HERE.

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