DECATUR, GA -- Police around metro Atlanta say a phone scam has emerged with a familiar pattern. The scammers target immigrants -- and use personal information to bilk them for cash.
One police chief, John King of Doraville, says many immigrants are afraid to report that they've been victimized. It typically starts with a phone call from a stranger.
"I got a phone call," says Oscar, a 32 year old restaurant manager who has lived in the US for nineteen years. He asked us to withhold his last name.
The caller, he says, was threatening to shoot his father -- and unnerved him with what he knew.
"He knew the type of car that my dad drives, the model, the make, the year," he said. "He knew that I was married, that I have kids. He knew where I work."