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Bryson City woman slams suspicious call asking for money

Pam Hollifield believes she was targeted Monday by a caller trying to prey on her sympathy for the two officers who died in a crash during a helicopter patrol in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A local woman believes she was targeted Monday by a caller trying to prey on her sympathy for the two officers who died in a crash during a helicopter patrol in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The plea for money came in the form of a phone call that Pam Hollifield did not fall for.

Hollifield was watching television at her home in Bryson City when the phone rang. It was a 531 area code in Nebraska.

Hollifield said the caller told her he was in Texas.

β€œHe's trying to get me to buy into the fact that he's taking up money for widows and children, you know, of fallen police officers," she said.

Hollifield said the man never mentioned the Charlottesville deaths, but she was suspicious of the timing, just two-days after the deaths.

"They were wanting me to commit to $15. I said I don't mind committing to the $15, but I'm not committing to it on the telephone.”

News 13 tried to contact the solicitor using the caller ID number from Hollifield's phone.

"Hello, this is Sam, thanks for calling back, how are you today?" a voice answered.
"Hi, my name is Frank Kracher. I'm calling from Asheville, North Carolina. I work for the ABC affiliate WLOS. Is it OK if we record a conversation with you?"

Beep, beep, beep -- the call ended.

We dialed Sam several times, always getting an automated, repetitive message.

"I'm calling from News 13, WLOS," Kracher said.
"This is Sam, thanks for calling back, how are you today?"

Then a request for money to help assist families of fallen first-responders.

"Now, can we count on your support for a small donation for the fund drive?" Sam asked.

That voice was fake, but Hollifield said the man who called her was real.

She believes both were part of an attempted ripoff because of the tragedy born out of violence in Virginia.

"That's cruel and uncalled for,” she said.

There's a warning that comes with any story like this one -- do not give out personal information and be careful about donations by phone.

If you have any doubt about the legitimacy of the call, just hang up.

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