• Action 9: Man's bank account emptied after phone scam

    By: Jason Stoogenke


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man said he got a phone call and the person on the other end of the line said he was getting a record amount of hits on a social media post.
    The scammer then told the victim Tony Durham that he was in for a reward.
    "Whoever's doing this is good," Durham said.
    So good, the con artist knew Durham had a Hewlett Packard computer.
    He told Durham he worked for Hewlett Packard and had good news – Durham’s YouTube post had half a million hits and counting.
    "I don't even know what YouTube is, really,” Durham said. “I've heard of it."
    Still, the caller told Durham that Hewlett Packard wanted to interview him and give him a free shopping spree at HP's online store.
    "These people right here are masters," Durham said.
    He ordered four computers, or so he thought. 
    They never arrived to Durham’s house.
    But, somewhere in the process, he thinks the scammer got his debit card number; he found his bank account was emptied out. 
    "My bank account is cleaned plumb out," he said.
    He filed a police report and gave Action 9 the phone number that came up when the scammer called.  That phone number has a message saying the party is not available. 
    When Action 9 reported this scam to Hewlett Packard, the company said viewers should know not to trust any call like that.
    The company never contacts customers out of the blue, especially to offer prizes. 
    In the meantime, Durham still isn't sure how the caller found him or knew he had an HP.

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