PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local woman is learning that some telephone scammers never give up.
Jessica Schake of Irwin, in Westmoreland County, says she’s gotten an estimated 80-phone calls in the past three weeks from a man identifying himself as a law enforcement officer from the so-called “Bureau of investigators.”
The man, who claims his name is Officer Michael Durant, warns that there is a complaint against her name, and social security number.
Then the caller asks for Schake to provide him with her bank account information, and, if 12-hundred dollars are withdrawn, a warrant with her name will be retracted.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau both say that anybody is vulnerable to these types of bogus phone calls, and they warn against all kinds of telephone scams making the rounds.
They all have one thing in common: they’re designed to con people out of their money.
The best advice: protect your identity, and never share personal information with anyone over the telephone.