a new scam in New Jersey – it’s the old Good Samaritan scam, but
with a twist.
of getting a call from a would-be Good Samaritan, the carrier receives
a call from a would-be service company driver claiming he was called
out by the highway patrol when the carrier’s truck blew two tires.
He wanted a Comchek authorized for almost $800 for the two tires
and the service call.
Transportation in Perrysville, OH, received one of these calls July
18, but a savvy Seagate employee left the caller empty-handed. Debbie
Herr, Seagate’s director of driver services who took the call, wasn’t
about to fall for this one.
caller said he was Salvador with New Jersey Tire and Road Service,
or something like that,” Herr told Land Line. “He said he
had been called by the state police because our driver blew two
tires just entering a construction zone. He sounded legitimate because
he had valid truck and trailer numbers. He wanted about $750, which
sounded about right.”
the call sounded legitimate, Herr still didn’t authorize the check.
She said, “I won’t even buy a book without my boss’s authorization,
why would I OK an $800 check?”
the caller on hold, she conferred with her boss, who advised her
not to authorize the Comchek without speaking directly with their
trucker. Of course, when she insisted upon talking with the truckdriver,
she said the caller made lame excuses and hung up.
member Terry Downey, the driver of the Seagate rig the caller claimed
had blown two tires, had just fueled up at the Seaucus service plaza
in the Jersey City area about 20 minutes before the scam attempt.
He figures the caller must have copied down the company information
and unit numbers from his rig while he was stopped at the service
René Tankersley, feature editor
Tankersley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.