Scam victim: caller said he ‘would make me watch as they murdered my family’

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2015) -- A woman says she had to change her phone number after a scam caller became so enraged that he threatened her life.

Leah Eastridge said the calls came from a number that traces back to a real company, but the caller was clearly scamming her from overseas. She said that when she answered the phone, he told her she needed to get to her computer immediately and made it seem incredibly urgent.

"(He) ordered me to go to my computer screen right now, that it was an emergency," Eastridge said.

Recognized it as a scam, Eastridge said no. That's when the caller started berating her.

"He just blew up ... (He called me) words that you can't say on television, (and things like) 'American security systems and American police are no match for them and they would make me watch as they murdered my family,'" Eastridge said.

She hung up, but the scammer kept calling back over and over again. Eastridge ended up changing her phone number to get the calls to stop.

Brownsburg Police confirmed that they have received reports of out-of-control, angry scammers before. If you get a scam call, you're advised to hang up and not to engage the caller. You should contact the Indiana Attorney General's Office to file a formal complaint.

Eastridge did file that complaint, but she also wants to get the word out to be sure no one falls for the scam. She said she believes the scammer was trying to scare her into giving him money and that he continuously asked for a credit or debit card number or "her computer would be wiped."

You can report a scam call to the Attorney General by going to the website here.

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