Investigative impostor: Man calls business, falsely claims to be KGUN9
CREATED Nov. 26, 2012
Reporter: Kevin Keen
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Over the years, KGUN9 News has heard of people imitating its reporters. It’s happened again. This time, there’s proof of an impostor.
A couple of weeks ago the owner of a window cleaning service in Sahuarita played back a voice mail message. The caller claimed to be from KGUN9, calling about a complaint from a customer.
"Apparently, she has a contract with you folks,” the man said in the recording. “We need you to get over there to clean her windows. Call her, make an appointment, go over there and make her happy. We don't like reporting things like this."
The business owner was suspicious and asked KGUN9 to look into it.
KGUN9 reporter Kevin Keen called the impostor. The man admitted making the call, but denied he had claimed to work for KGUN9. When Keen confronted him with the recorded message, the impostor changed his tune. He went on to say that he'd recently fallen, had hit his head and has been a bit confused since then.
In case that explanation might be true, KGUN9’s decided to protect the impostor's privacy and is not releasing his name.
KGUN9’s advice: don't try this at home. It's not the right thing to do and if an impostor succeeds in squeezing cash out of an unsuspecting business, that could be fraud.
How can a person or a business know whether the real KGUN9 is calling? Know that KGUN9 assures businesses that it never puts a story on air without thoroughly investigating it. That includes reaching out to everyone involved, asking for each side of the story.
When in doubt, the business should get the caller's name, hang up, contact the KGUN9 newsroom directly and ask for the reporter. That's what this business owner did.