Hartselle couple scammed out of thousands in telephone hoax
HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Hartselle couple tells us they’ve been scammed out of thousands of dollars, and the thieves keep calling back trying to get even more.
WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker is taking action to try to get them some relief and show you how to keep from becoming their next victim.
Jeremy and Bobbie Smallwood had been playing and entering various contests for years. So when they got a call last November saying they’d won millions in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, they believed it.
“They just kept calling and calling wanting money for what I was supposed to win,” Jeremy tells us.
The hoax literally went on for months with promises of cash and a new car.
“We got ready for them, said they’d be here in 45 minutes, and they never showed up,” says Bobbie.
In all, the Smallwoods were out some $3,500. But while we were talking with them, the scammers called back wanting more. This time they had to talk to me.
“Hey, hey stupid, listen, can you hear me? Can you hear me, do you understand English?”
“You’re a thief!”
“These people that do this are experts, they’re con-men. That`s what they do for a living. And they’ve found a way to do it where they really can’t be touched legally at least by anybody in the United States because they’re operating from outside the country,” says Lt. Terry Kelly with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.
Remember, no legitimate company will call you on the telephone and ask for personal information or ask you to send them money.