Imagine getting a call you had just won $2.5 million and a new BMW. Sound too good to be true? Well it is.
Around 10 a.m., Jan. 28, Don Kandlbinder, Leslie, got a phone call from someone named Bob Moore, who said he was with the Publisher’s Clearing House, stating he and his wife had won a contest and would be receiving the car and cash at 2 p.m. that day.
“This guy sounded so legitimate,” Kandlbinder said. “He knew our address and said someone named Tom Anderson would be coming at 2 p.m. with a cashier’s check. He also said he would have the BMW and the title.”
Kandlbinder added the caller also asked what he planned to do with all of the money and if they had a bank account to deposit the money into and a debit card.
“I told him I had no idea how I would spend the money,” Kandlbinder said. “Only that we are generous people.”
The mysterious caller then asked Kandlbinder where the nearest Wal-Mart was and that he needed to get a Moneygram within the next 15 minutes.
“He said that’s how this works to transfer the money,” Kandlbinder said. “That’s when I got suspicious. People who are giving something away, don’t make you pay for it. When I began to question him, he made out like the phone call was cutting out. I told him I would just talk to Tom Anderson when he arrived at my house with the car and money.”
The caller then asked if Kandlbinder could hear him and after he said yes the caller hung up.
“I thought I had just lost out on millions of dollars,” Kandlbinder said. “I immediately called the number (876-296-7548) back, but got nothing. Apparently, when you say “yes,” and they have your account numbers they than can clean out your bank accounts.”
He added after researching the 876 area code, Kandlbinder found it originates in Jamaica.
He then contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s department to report the possible scam and was told there had been other cases reported and they were investigating.
Kandlbinder contacted his bank and credit card company and to this point no suspicious activity occurred on his accounts.
“After all of this, I feel two things,” Kandlbinder said. “I feel violated and depressed. My wife and I were almost convinced we were going to be getting all of this money. Then to find out it was a scam and someone was trying to take our money instead.”