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Scammer poses as law enforcement, tries to have woman wire $3,000

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A woman in Southwest Florida says a man tried to scare her into wiring $3,000 to him. On Tiffany Barnes’ way home from work Tuesday, she received what was a seemingly worrisome voicemail from a law enforcement officer. “This is Sergeant Thomas Orr from the Naples Police Department,” the voicemail said. “I need Tiffany Barnes …

On Tiffany Barnes’ way home from work Tuesday, she received what was a seemingly worrisome voicemail from a law enforcement officer.

“This is Sergeant Thomas Orr from the Naples Police Department,” the voicemail said.

“I need Tiffany Barnes to return my call.

So Barnes called the number back.

He knew the police department,” Barnes said.

Barnes said the person who answered the phone said there’s a warrant out for her arrest.

“At the same time, you need to give us $3,000 to pay a surety bond to ensure that you don’t go to jail, and the warrants are frozen,” Barnes recalled the demands.

Barnes didn’t realize something else was going on when she nervously called her wife.

I thinks it’s a scam,” Barnes said.

They use apps to make their phone number look like the real deal.

Barnes said that’s what happened next.

“He told me, ‘Now, you have to go to Wells Fargo and put it into an ATM,” Barnes said.

Barnes didn’t do that, but she did lose her cool.

“I Should’ve knew then,’ Barnes said.

“But I was so nervous and overwhelmed with everything that was going on. ”

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