MILLSBORO, Del.- It is no secret that scam artists are out there, and they are not slowing down. We hear stories of people falling victim all the time, and one Sussex County man says he was almost one of them.
Greg Short of Millsboro said he knew something was fishy, when he got a call telling him he had won a large sum of money. The catch? Short had to meet the caller and pay him a fee. Not only did Short not fall for it, he recorded the phone conversation. And he wants to get the word out to protect others.
"They wanted me to go to Western Union and what tipped me off was they wanted me to pay them, send off $125," explained Short.
And using his tape deck, he documented the conversation with the push of a button.
"I just simply recorded the whole conversation. That way, if something fell through, I could have it as proof.
These types of scams are not limited to Sussex County.
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC his office deals with so many complaints, they are almost impossible to keep track of.
"Almost daily," he noted. "It's a million dollar business in the United States."
But Lewis said simple common sense can help save you from falling victim.
"If it sounds too good to be true, it's untrue and that's the best advice we can give anyone watching right now," he said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it is untrue. Don't ever give out your PIN number. Don't ever give out your bank account number."
It is simple advice that Short hopes people take to heart.
Officials urge the public to never give out personal information to anyone you do not know.
If you believe you are a victim of a phone scam, contact your state, local or federal law-enforcement agency.