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Scammer's surprise

Posted Thursday, June 3, 2010, at 2:31 PM

I was at the Bedford County Sheriff's Department dispatch office this morning picking up the daily jail intake when their phone rang.

"We've won $2.5 million dollars?" the dispatcher told the caller. "Do you realize you've called a sheriff's office?"

The call was quickly terminated. I doubt the scammer ever expected to be talking to law enforcement.


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Must have been Poetic justice, David. In 53 I was on the battleship Missouri anchored in the harbor of Sasebo,Japan. We were working in the supply office when the phone rang(ship-shore) for our Chief Petty Officer sitting at his desk. The phone was a speaker type of system and we all heard the conversation. The caller was the

madam of a house of ill-repute and the madam was furious because the ship was moving out ot the harbor. She was using every cuss word known to mankind, in broken Japanese accented English, demanding that the Chief get his $45 bar bill and $120 house bill paid at ONCE!!. Since the ship was moving away from the harbor, the volume of her screaming threats became weaker. The Chief kept responding that he could not hear her, and

asked her to speak up louder. We could hear her screaming until we were 5 miles out of the harbor. The Chief hang up and said "If I ever go ashore in Sasebo again I'll be dead in 2 "minutes".

-- Posted by Grits on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 3:49 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.