Ever-creative scammers have come up with another twist to get expensive products from liquor stores. Brian Anderson at City Discount liquor answered a call early Thursday evening from California. The caller wanted to order a case of Dom Perignon or a case of Cristal, both expensive champagnes. The caller offered to pay with a credit card.
Anderson put off the caller because he was busy, he told the Bulletin.
When Anderson called the number back a few minutes later, he heard a recorded message, saying “This is a scam – they are trying to rip you off – do not buy or sell anything to them.”
Anderson hung up. Soon, his phone rang and a man told him that it was really alright, and he could sell them the cases.
Anderson told the man that he’d heard it was all a scam. The caller hung up abruptly.
Anderson saw that the number on the call-back was different than the original number.
When the Bulletin called the original number (213-283-5786), we received the same recording. And, when we hung up we were called by a man using a cell phone with a Los Angeles area code (415-620-4312). The man asked why we called his number.
When told that we had called to check out a scam, the man insisted we had not called his number. We said we were told he was trying to rip off liquor stores.
He promptly hung up.
Dom Perignon sells for around $319 a bottle or $3,828 per case of 12 and Cristal is priced at $260 a bottle or $3,480 per case, according to Internet retail prices.