Fresno man scammed out of hundreds of dollars

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A Fresno man is speaking out after he was tricked out of his hard-earned cash.

Enrique Chavez is warning others to be alert because scammers are targeting people living in the Central Valley.

Chavez from Fresno got a call at work from a woman posing as a U.S. Marshall.

“I was so nervous and shaking,” Chavez said.

The scammer told him they located a car which was rented under his name and it was involved in a crime.

She told him thousands of dollars were found in a car with blood, she told Chavez his social security number would be suspended and he would be going to jail if he didn’t pay $700.

Chavez stayed on the phone with the scammer and withdrew the money from this bank. He headed to the store to buy Steam and Target gift cards.

“Step by step they were guiding me on what to do and what to buy,” he said.

Clayton Alexander with the Better Business Bureau said these scammer are getting creative with their stories.

“In this case, it’s just scammers trying to extort people saying if they don’t pay up, they’ll be implicated in some type of crime scene and they pose as federal agents and a big red flag is asking for payments in gift cards,” Alexander said.

Chavez’s message to others.

“If you don’t know they number. Hang up,” he said.

Some helpful tips from the BBB- https://www.bbb.org/avoidscams/

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