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Woman loses thousands of dollars in one day from scammers

By Juliana Valencia
Published On: Dec 21 2013 09:06:04 PM CST

A Pitt County woman loses more than $3,000 in a phone scam Friday.

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A Pitt County woman loses more than $3,000 in a phone scam Friday.

A Greenville woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was just trying to avoid threats coming from a man who claimed to work for the U.S. Attorney General's office.

"He said, 'You would be behind jail for a year. My social security number would be blacklisted, and that I wouldn't be allowed to work for the next 7 years after that,'" the victim said.

The man called her on her home phone Friday morning. He kept asking for money throughout the day, and would not let her get off the phone.

"They scared me so bad. I just did everything they said," the victim said.

The woman paid the man about $3600. She used prepaid cards because the man said she could not use any other form of payment.

Most prepaid cards like the ones this woman used are untraceable.

Greenville Police tried calling the man back at the woman's home. The victim said the man on the phone hung up after finding out he was talking to the police.

NewsChannel 12 tried calling several of the phone numbers that the alleged scammer used. One of the numbers was disconnected, and the other went to voice mail.

The Greenville Police Department is handling the investigation in their Fraud Department.