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Last updated on Thursday, April 9, 2009
(BEDFORD) - A new scam is floating about the nation, and has landed here in Bedford.
A caller with an Indian accent called a Bedford woman and told her he was from the "United Nation Legal Department" saying there was legal action pending against her in regards to a loan she supposedly made and, long story short, ended up scamming her out of more than $750 through her debit card.
Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley gave WBIW News the toll-free number that was retrieved through the victim's Caller-ID, and we had a chat with Messrs "Blake Williams" and "Carl Anderson" ourselves.
During the call, in which we told the gentleman that answered the phone we were returning a message they left us (which didn't happen), "Williams" told WBIW News, "Here's what we have; United Nation Legal Department is pursuing "Allan" [not the name we gave them], holding a Social Security Number of [whole number given and redacted], in regards to a couple serious allegation. [sic]
"Number one, violation of federal banking regulation; and number 2, collectoral [sic] check fraud; and number 3, breach of contract."
We gave them a fake name so as not to endanger any member of the staff here, and they managed to come up with a social security number for the name and everything.
They continued on saying I had deposited money into an account at the Bank of California (a bank which no longer exists and is now Union Bank of California), and then applied for a loan with two co-signers, and that the loan was due in 14 days, and on the 15th day a high interest rate would be charged.
They also said the bank did not have to notify me of the time frame, and that the fictitious person whose name I made up owed them $1,250.20, payable by credit, debit, or ACH (electronic check) payment.
On the whole, they sounded like they could be from somewhere serious.
However, Parsley reminds everyone that you should never give your numbers out to anyone for any reason over the phone.
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