Scammer threatens Portland woman with arrest

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Friday, March 22, 2013

KATU: A scammer held a woman hostage on the phone, telling her if she hung up she would go to jail.

Cindy Batten lost $600 during that phone call. And while she admits she missed some of the warning signs, the con artist was a professional who used her personal information, persuasion and a ticking clock to convince her that he was legitimate.

Batten was having some financial troubles and had recently declared bankruptcy. She was so frazzled that she walked down the hall to her boss and asked for an advance.

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