Scammer Threatens Woman For Money

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

An Omaha woman answered the phone to find the person on the other end threatening her brother's life.

"There was a man and he was like, thank goodness you answered the phone," Shanda Kohler said. "Your brother was in a car accident and the cars were damaged."

Kohler says what came next would end up being the worst experience of her life.

"He was like, we don't want any police involved, but you need to bring me $1,000 or I'm going to shot your brother," Kohler said. "We have him upstairs, tied up and we are going to kill him."

An easy Wednesday afternoon quickly turned chaotic. "The man was screaming at me," Kohler said. "He was so angry. He was screaming and cursing at me. And when he said my brother's name, I knew it was real."

While Kohler panicked, her boyfriend, Joe Garcia, remained calm.

"We raced to the bank, got the money, and once we got back in the car, they said, ok, take it to Western Union," Garcia said. "At that point, I'm like no."

Garcia realized then that it was a scam. "I started talking to him," Garcia said. "I said look, you want your money, then we are going to meet in person."

Eventually the scammer hung up and the police were called. Everyone was ok, but just hours after it happened Kohler says she's still traumatized.

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