For two weeks, Chandler resident Les Byrd has been dreading answering his phone.
“I feel harassed,” he said. That’s because, two weeks ago, he said he got a call from a number with an 876 area code from Jamaica.
They told him he had won $2.5 million and a Mercedes Benz. All he had to do, they told him, was go to a drug store and buy a “relo” card for a few dollars.
“And they asked me to put down a dollar amount on that card,” he said. It was $498.99, he said.
He checked it out at a CVS pharmacy and found out that a “relo” card was actually a reloadable Visa or Mastercard. When they called him back, he told them to stop calling. He knew it was a scam, he said.
“But they’ve continued calling,” he said. Not only that – but these guys took this scam a step further.
“They had a description of the house I live in,” he said. “Even the color of the front door. Like How far are they going to go with it?”
“I just want it to stop,” he said. “Whatever I have to do, I’ll do it.”
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