Orem dessert cafe owner foils scammer posing as electricity company

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  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    July 6, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    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.

  • baddog Cedar Rapids, IA
    July 6, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 5, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    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?

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    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.

  • RMPJeff Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    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!

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    July 5, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    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.