Scam Spreading Westward, Modus Operandi Changing
Larry Ornelis with National Glass and Mirror in Youngtown, Ariz., contacted
USGNN yesterday to report that the glass scam first reported almost
two months ago has spread westward with some variations.
Ornelis told USGNN that his company received a call on Friday from
a person by the name of John Brooks. The call came from a local
number and was not made through a relay phone system such as those
used by members of the deaf community. The credit card did not come
back as stolen and aside from the volume of glass being ordered,
Ornelis said there was nothing that raised his suspicion about the
What caught his attention, however, was the call that came in yesterday
with the shipping information and the destination of the glass-Guyana.
Remembering the reports that ran on USGNN in late August and early
September, Ornelis contacted the bank that would have helped verify
the reliability of the customer. Bank employees put him through
to the fraud department, where Ornelis found out that none of the
information provided by Brooks matched the credit card being used
and that the card itself had been put on hold over the weekend for
"increased suspicious activity."
Ornelis contacted USGNN to share the news and "let everyone
know the scam is moving westward," he said. It also no longer
involves the use of a relay phone system.