New Robo Call Scam Targets Fox News Viewers
Published November 22nd, 2012
GAINESVILLE - A new robocall phone scam is anything but 'fair and balanced.' It targets residents of Alachua county, but it's who claims to be behind the call that is raising some eyebrows.
LaCrosse resident Janet Owens is a registered Republican, and says she occasionally watches the "Fox News" cable channel. But when she received an automated phone call last Friday from someone claiming to be from Fox News, she immediately grew suspicious.
The recorded message asked her to donate money to help repeal "Obamacare", raising red flags in Owens' mind. Despite the convincing message, Owens did not fall for the scam, but she worries that others will. She immediately reported the scam to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
Officials from the sheriff's office say they've seen a big increase in the number of phone-related scams over the past year. Both Owens and the sheriff's office say they've tried to contact Fox News to let them know their name is being used in association with this scam, but so far neither has received a response.
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