Woman receives threats over the phone for not providing information
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Caller ID tells you who is on the phone before you answer, but it doesn't really work when the call reads "unknown number" or you don't recognize it.
Teanna Magnaleno is like most people. She ignored a recent call from a phone number she didn't recognize, but this caller wouldn't give up.
"They called my job and that's when it really freaked me out, because I've only been there three months," said Teanna.
The caller claimed he was trying to serve Teanna with an affidavit, because someone was suing her.
"Of course, I'm like, who? And they were like, we can't say anything to you, we need to read you an affidavit."
She said that's when she cut the guy off.
"I'm like, I'm not going to listen to any affidavit and he goes, I need to verify all this information with you. I said, what information?"
Teanna said he wanted her bank account number, so he could take a payment over the phone, but she wasn't willing to confirm anything, "He said, fine, but a warrant will be issued for your arrest and they'll be at your door tomorrow if you don't cooperate."
He hung up after that, but Teanna said he called back a few minutes later. That's when she told him she had her attorney with her. Teanna said he hung up again and hasn't called back since.
Action News tried calling the number that came up on her caller ID, and they claim to be a law firm in Arizona, but the more questions we asked, the more cagey they got, putting us on long holds and eventually hanging up on us, twice.
Now, Teanna wants to warn others, "I just want people to know that if these people call and they're looking for money, don't give it to them."
Here's the Contact 13 bottom line: If someone claims to be serving a subpoena or affidavit over the phone, it's a scam. Legal documents like that must be served in person.
Also, threats of being arrested are a scare tactic. If someone actually shows up to arrest you, call 911 to confirm if there's really a warrant for your arrest.