Scam Spreading Westward, Modus Operandi Changing
Larry Ornelis with National Glass and Mirror in Youngtown, Ariz., contacted
glassBYTEs.com yesterday to report that the glass scam first reported
almost two months ago has spread westward with some variations.
Ornelis told glassBYTEs.com that his company received a call on Friday
from a person by the name of John Brooks. The call came from a local number
and was not made through a relay phone system such as those used by members
of the deaf community. The credit card did not come back as stolen and
aside from the volume of glass being ordered, Ornelis said there was nothing
that raised his suspicion about the transaction.
What caught his attention, however, was the call that came in yesterday
with the shipping information and the destination of the glass-Guyana.
Remembering the reports that ran on glassBYTEs.com in late August and
early September, Ornelis contacted the bank that would have helped verify
the reliability of the customer. Bank employees put him through to the
fraud department, where Ornelis found out that none of the information
provided by Brooks matched the credit card being used and that the card
itself had been put on hold over the weekend for "increased suspicious
Ornelis contacted glassBYTEs.com to share the news and "let everyone
know the scam is moving westward," he said. It also no longer involves
the use of a relay phone system.