On Monday April 15, 2019 a Hereford couple reported being target of a bizarre telephone scheme.
According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the couple said “that they had previously signed up for what they believed to be a contest entry. The couple received a call today from a male subject who had a strong Asian accent stating his name was Jeferfon Fremon and they had won five million dollars. As the call progressed the dollar amount for the win decreased to two and a half million, and continued to change when pressed to confirm the dollar amount.”
The scammer told the couple that a 32% tax was already taken out of the winnings because “contest winners are responsible for taxes.”
The scammer instructed the couple to go to Walmart and meet with a Miss Delia to pay the $630.95 dollar fee to collect their winnings.
The the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office reports that the couple discontinued the call and did not answer when he called back from a telephone number of 876-568-3603.