Be wary of telephone scam

by Wes Mayer

Beware of the number 760-705-8888.

Search for the phone number on the Internet, and you will find numerous forums of people complaining about the number, retelling their experiences with the caller and calling the number what it is – a scam.

A local woman, Louise Davis, recently received a call from 760-705-8888 and was onto the caller from the beginning.

“When I answered, he said, ‘Hello grandma. It’s your grandson,’” Davis said. “That is not what my grandchildren call me.”

Davis said the caller then asked if she had heard about his trouble on vacation, but she wasn’t falling for it. She asked him which grandson he was, and he said “the oldest.” She also asked where the caller was, and he said he was in Cancun.

Davis said she knew her oldest grandson was at his job in Florida. And later, her son looked up the 760 phone number, and it’s a number from Escondido, Calif.

“You and I both know you aren’t my grandson,” Davis told the caller.

After this, the caller changed his story and said he was wrong – he was actually her nephew. Davis asked which one, and the caller said, “The oldest.”

“That’s strange,” Davis said to him. “You don’t sound 45.”

Davis then asked the caller whether he wanted to cut his losses and hang up or stay on the line while she got another phone and contacted police. The caller hung up.

Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said similar reports usually have the caller preying on the elderly. The caller will say he or she is out of the country, in trouble, maybe locked up in jail, and needs money wired to them.

“Of course, it’s all bogus,” Yarbrough said.

Davis said, after doing some research, she and her son found the number belonged to a business in California called MCI Metro ATS, Inc. She said the business may be legitimate, but there are multiple reports of illegitimate phone calls coming from the same number on the Internet. Sometimes, the caller asks for $100 – sometimes, it’s $1,000.

According to AllAreaCodes.com, the number belongs to MCI Worldcom Communications Inc.

If you believe you may be a victim of a scam, immediately contact the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at 770-253-1502.



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