BROOMFIELD, Colo. – A scam artist who targeted a pregnant Colorado woman seems to have had sudden change of heart.
Sarah Carr and her family took over an event venue in Broomfield 16 years ago. It’s one of three businesses she owns.
Around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Carr said a man claiming to be an IRS agent left her a voice mail.
“I called it back. The voice mail was saying there was a lien on my property. I was being convicted of tax fraud,” Carr said.
It sounded official. The criminal on the other line seemed to know every detail.
Carr said there was one piece of information the scam artist didn’t consider.
“I just start crying,” Carr said. “I said, ‘I’m nine months pregnant. I’m supposed to have a baby in three weeks. I don’t know what I’m going to do.'”
Apparently the scammer had a heart, or maybe a pregnant wife.
“And then he says, ‘wait, wait, wait, wait, you’re pregnant?’ And I said, ‘yes!’ And he goes ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, this is a scam. You’re OK. We’re scamming you. We were just trying to get money out of you. Please stop crying.'”
Carr told KUSA the most shocking part about the whole thing isn’t that the criminal admitted it was a scam, it’s how much information he had to begin with.
“You hear about scams all the time, and you think that you’re smart enough and you would recognize,” Carr said. “It was all just so real.”