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Lubbock resident falls victim to international scam

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The excitement of having a family member coming to visit caused one Lubbock resident to fall victim of a scam. Blanca Ortiz, a hair stylist here in Lubbock, received a call from Mexico, where she still has family and friends. A so-called cousin told her he was on his way to Lubbock to visit her so she instantly got excited.

 An hour later she received another call, from her so called cousin who told her he was in a wreck and didn't know what to do. The insurance card he had was only valid in Mexico and he couldn't pay for the damage, he only had a Mexican check on him. The other driver even got on the phone.

"He told me you know just tell your cousin to give me $1200 and ill sign a paper agreeing that he paid me for the damages," said Ortiz. "And he'll be good to go, so basically he had him there until he paid him off."

Ortiz said the man she spoke to asked her to send that money to an account in Mexico. Her intent was to help her cousin as much as she could. She said everything happened so quickly, so she went ahead and deposited $900 into two different accounts through an electronic money transfer service.

Ortiz said she waited for hours, her cousin never showed and she never got a another phone call. She then compared the calls to the phone number she had registered for her cousin and that's when she figured it out, she had been scammed. 

"It sounds like it was a very targeted attempt for her because they knew she was originally from Mexico and had family down there," said Greg Linder, with the Better Business Bureau." It's important to figure out what is actually going on and if you need a reason hang up the phone and try and call that particular family member that they are reporting to be."

Ortiz said she knows she won't get her money back, but hopes her experience serves as a lesson for others. A list of red flag warnings can be found in the following link :

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