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Published: Friday, July 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

It would have been better to call the Provo/Orem PD Bunco squad and had them set up a sting to arrest the perp. Having his picture plastered across the Des News would have encouraged the perp to try his skills elsewhere say SoCali.

RMPJeff
Salt Lake City, UT

It's even better if you read Craig's entire conversation with the scammer in a June 26 Facebook post you can access through a link in the article. Thanks Craig for helping to make more people aware of this scam that's happening across the country, so they don't fall victim to it!

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

Fun story! I always LOVE seeing "potential victims" get ONE-UP on the scam artists!! I personally love playing mindgames and cat-and-mouse with these crooks (and telemarketers).

But BYU Track Star (above) completely took the words out of my mouth:

WHY in the world didn't RMtnP&L authorities set up a "STING operation" to actually *catch* this scumbag, instead of just letting him disconnect and slip away?!?! That's a no-brainer!! Now he's just gonna move on, unpunished, to find his next little old lady victim. sigh.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

When annoying callers call me and I ask them to stop and they don't I too like to play a little game. I pretend to be interested in whatever they have to offer. I give them my credit card number with several of the numbers changed. When they come back and say that credit card number didn't work, I say Oh I must have made a mistake and I give it to him again with up with one change I keep doing this as long as they are willing.

When they finally get wise I ask them will you now stop calling?

baddog
Cedar Rapids, IA

Regarding a sting: The bad guys don't make houe calls to pick up credit card numbers. The bad guys know this and move on to someone more gullible who will give up a credit card number. With no exposure, it's unlikely a sting can take place.

Awareness is often the only option to stop the scammers.

InspectorC
Wasatch Front, UT

BADDOG: I know that these scammers set up very complex, untraceable networks, etc., BUT.... there *are* MANY high-tech ways the authorities CAN counteract those evil-doers methods (just ask the NSA how they do it!! ;^), and bust these illegal operations... IF they really want to do it. The operative keyword here being "want" to do it.

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