Mar 30, 2011 7:19 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Scam artists' are using an online phone system designed for hearing impaired people to scam innocent people.
New Iberia dog breeder, Violet Duplantis, said she lost more than $800 hundred dollars.
She said, "I posted an ad on the Daily Iberian for three Yorkie puppies."
Duplantis said it didn't take long for an interested buyer to call her.
She got a call two days later, "saying the person was hearing impaired and he said the person wanted to use the relay system."
The caller said his name was Russ Jacobs . He explained that he lived in Washington and wanted a puppy shipped to his son in New York. The two exchanged email addresses, one of the emails instructed Duplantis to deposit a $850 dollar Western Union check into her bank account and then send a portion of the money to a shipper.
"He explained the shipper would come get the puppy from my house after I payed him the money," she said.
A few days later she went to her bank and discovered the check bounced and she lost the $850 dollars.
Lieutenant Ryan Turner with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office said, "anytime someone asks you to do a transaction involving money, that they could do themselves, it should be a big red flag."
Duplantis was contacted a few days later by another caller, using the same online service. She said now she'll only sell these puppies to someone she can meet and trust will take care of them.