Lately, "Baby" the family bird has been tapping on the laptop. The kids say he's warning them about using the computer.
Ever since Melissa Engeseth clicked on a pop up ad for a low interest loan, she's been getting a string of annoying phone calls from crooks.
The caller says, "Return the call, Melissa. Return the call!"
Melissa says the area code shows the calls are coming from Los Angeles, California, but authorities believe they orginate oveseas.
They threaten you, saying you owe them money and if you don't pay up, you'll be picked up by police and dragged to the courthouse steps.
Melissa says, "It's no worse than a playground bully really, you know shaking you down for your lunch money. Eventually he's going to get somebody who's afraid of him... that's going to give him money."
Melissa isn't the only we've heard from when it comes to these calls. I've talked to several others, even someone who works here at KKTV is getting these kind of sinister calls here at the station.
They bother you at your workplace because they know this is the last place you want to be singled out. They're hoping you give them money just to go away.
Melissa says, "Don't get sucked in, don't let these
people intimidate you into giving them anything."
Melissa's right. You don't have to talk to these thieves. Hang up on them.
What makes it tough... you can't ignore calls coming into the workplace... So your co workers will have to be patient.
We talked to the company, Cash Advance because the crooks are using that name but it's not the same company you see here.
Cash Advance doesn't give payday loans, it never threatens people over the phone, it simply connects customers with lenders.
Bottom line, be patient and keep hanging up.
Some have had these calls blocked, but the crooks simply change numbers and keep calling.
Because they aren't operating in the U.S., local police can't go after them.