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Brother’s life threatened in scam
by Tim Delaney
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Kristin McGee photo.Joann Moya holds up her cell phone, showing the number of a spam caller who threatened to kill her brother is she didn't send $1,000 on Friday morning, July 18.
Kristin McGee photo.Joann Moya holds up her cell phone, showing the number of a spam caller who threatened to kill her brother is she didn't send $1,000 on Friday morning, July 18.
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REFUGIO – Joann Moya felt like she was going to have a heart attack when the voice at the other end of her cell phone said, “We have a gun pointed at your brother’s head, and we will kill him if you don’t send $1,000 now.”

The call came Friday morning, July 18. At first, the caller said a relative of Moya’s was in an accident.

“I’m afraid I gave too much information over the phone,” Moya said. “I was worried.”

Concerned, Moya, 44, told the caller her brother lived in Corpus Christi.

Then the caller said her brother was going to be OK if she sent $1,000.

The caller said his brother was a murderer who had killed three people, and now Moya’s brother would be killed unless she sent the money right away.

The caller said a gun was pointed at Moya’s brother’s head.

Moya said she told the caller her cell phone was dying and needed charging.

The caller said he would call back momentarily and to go ahead and charge the phone.

Instead, Moya rushed to the Refugio County Jail where she got the attention of law enforcement.

Moya was crying as she reported the scam to Sgt. Peter Silvas.

She contacted her brother who works at the Refugio County Hospital, who in turn called their Corpus Christi brother. He was OK and sitting at home with his family.

The caller apparently bought a prepaid phone card. The area code was 267, which is a code used in Pennsylvania, around Philadelphia.
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