Ormond woman trying to buy puppy scammed out of over $4,000

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Jan. 8

Hounded for funds

9:26 .m. — 500 block of North Beach Street, Ormond Beach

Fraud. A 60-year-old Ormond Beach resident was scammed out of $4,300 while trying to acquire a puppy from an alleged breeder on a social media platform.

The resident told police that she was contacted by the breeder on the social media site, according to a police incident report. She paid the alleged breeder and was then contacted by a delivery company, which asked her for more money. The resident paid using gift cards and a mobile payment service.

Police asked her if she knew where the puppy was coming from, or if she knew the name of the breeder or delivery company, but she did not. The scam, according to the incident report, had begun in December 2023.

Jan. 10

Unwarranted call

1:38 p.m. — 6000 block of St. Georges Road, Ormond Beach

Non-reportable offense. A 56-year-old Ormond Beach woman received a phone call from someone pretending to be with the Department of Homeland Security, informing her of a warrant out for her arrest. 

The crime? The caller said she had purchased $20,000 worth of drugs — fentanyl and hydrocodone — online and over the phone, according to a police incident report. The woman told police that the caller informed her they had a lot of her personal information, including her previous addresses, but that they needed her to confirm her social security number.

Because of the stressful nature of the phone call, the woman told police, she did as they asked. But then she told them she would be calling her local law enforcement office and requested a callback number, at which point the caller started giving her a number before hanging up. 

The woman told police she would advise them if she noticed suspicious activity on any of her accounts. 


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