Jim Kojoma wanted an online loan and filed an application on what he thought was a legitimate website.
He quickly realized that his personal information fell victim to scammers.
“About two weeks later, I began receiving phone calls from individuals saying that they were with the federal bureau of legal investigation,” Kojoma said.
According to Kojoma, the scammers told him that he would have to pay more than $2,500 to stop the process of him being sued.
Kojoma said that he received voicemails from people with very thick accents and with names such as Thomas Johnson, Pam Jackson and Robert Wood.
Jonathan Blanton with the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division said that scammers, especially those operating from overseas, are almost impossible to find and arrest.
“It all comes down to stealing,” Blanton said. “It’s very difficult. We’ve had some success, but the scammers are very good.”
Kojoma said that he decided said that he wanted to get the scammer to admit that he was a scammer.
“I said, ‘You’re just scamming people,’” Kojoma said. “And he said, ‘Yes, you are correct. That’s what I do.’ And I said, ‘Well, we are so close to finding out where you are.’”
Kojoma said that the man told him that authorities would never find him, because he had hundreds of offices worldwide.
“’We use fake numbers, and we have thousands of people who do this. You will never find me,’” Kojoma said that the scammer said.
The Attorney General’s office said that if someone claims that you owe them money, ask for their name, company, street, address and phone number and demand a written validation notice.
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