The Waxahachie Police Department wants to make the public aware of a new scam that is targeting business owners.

The scam was brought to the department’s attention by Rose Cameron, owner of the Barbeque Pit.

Cameron’s business was contacted through the AT&T relay service for the hearing-impaired by a person who identified himself as Dan Nakata. Nakata then placed an order for 300 pulled-pork sandwiches to be picked up Aug. 28 by a private shipper based out of Arkansas.

The bill for the order totaled $2,100 and Nakata asked for an additional $1,500 to be given to the shipper through Western Union so the order could be speedily processed.  

“First of all, if the caller wants to have something shipped, find out where the shipping company is from and just ask the particulars. Ask questions to make sure everything is legitimate. You don’t have to sell anything until you feel comfortable about doing it,” said Wess Winn, community services officer.

“Also, call (the buyer) and say that I want a call back number and call the shipping company and get their address,” he said. “To me, if you’re going to ship something it should all make sense. I’m not going to use a shipping company out of Arkansas when I’m going to ship something here locally.”

Winn said the credit card number that was provided to Cameron for the transaction was a bad number and stolen. Cameron did contact the fraud department with Visa and reported what was happening, he said, noting no financial transaction took place.

Winn said he encourages the public to be aware of business transactions that appear to be a little bit too gray and to use common sense.

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