A scammer posing as a reporter can often bait unsuspecting victims into handing over their personal information, or even their credit card information.
A recent scam in California appears to have been particularly successful.
The scammers were able to fool a woman who thought she was posing as an insurance agent and who wanted to purchase a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.
The woman, who was shocked when she learned the scam was going on, was able to pay for the home with her credit card and then receive a voicemail from the scammer.
The voicemail said that the real insurance agent, who would not be identified for this story, was working out of the Santa Monica apartment.
She had no idea what the real agent looked like, and her card wasn’t charged.
In reality, the real estate agent, in a voiceover, said, “This is not a scam.”
The woman went on to say that the scam “has no business in this world” and that her credit report had been “misused” and “stolen” before she paid the price.
“We are very fortunate,” the scammy voiceover continued.
“We had a great experience, and now you have been tricked.”
In an effort to combat the scam, the scam victim paid $50 to cancel her credit-card bill.
Afterward, the scammers told the woman they would have to pay the full amount.
“You need to know your credit score,” the voicemail continued.
“This was not a loan you took out, this was a scam, and we will never accept it.”
“It’s very clear,” the scammed woman told KTLA.
“They said it was a loan, but it wasn’t.
It was a fake insurance agent.
So we had to pay this.
It’s a scam.
It is a fraud.”
The Santa Monica woman was able get the money refunded, but the scumbag is still out there and trying to scam others.
“I think it’s very ironic because this is not something that happens everyday,” said the victim.
“It’s something that’s a little different and you need to pay attention to this.”
“If you are not paying attention to what’s going on in your life and not paying for what’s on your credit card, you’re not going to have a good time,” she added.