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Local Woman Battles Illegal Soliciting

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It was a normal Thursday for Jessie Blodgett until her cell phone rang. She says, "I was at home, I was working in the kitchen, and it's just alarming because of the nature of the call to begin with. It disrupts your life for a few minutes."

The call from a 303 area code came in  from an untraceable phone--screaming her son and brother had been in a horrible car accident and they needed her assistance immediately. Wondering how someone could get her private cell phone number, Blodgett began asking questions… knowing she was about to be taken advantage of.  "I said, tell me what's going on. Do you know who it is? Tell me describing features," says Blodgett.

She immediately learned that it was a scam—when the anonymous caller begged for 700 dollars . She hung up and called Columbia County investigators. "The deputies at Columbia County felt like they had been buying lists on information of businesses, or perhaps they had a computer program that just randomly pulled numbers that they were dialing," Blodgett.

Investigators say they couldn't trace the cell phone number because it was a temporary phone that shuts off every two weeks. Courtney Elledge reporting, "Columbia County investigators also say the solicitors may be targeting random neighborhoods throughout the county. One of them is right here, at the Spring Lakes neighborhood."

Investigators say people may be offering cheap work or merchandise for sale, and if they come to your door step—be aware. Having awareness is what saved Blodgett from giving into the thieves. She says her security systems are amped up at her house, and although she thinks this was a random act, she wants to prevent this from happening from others. She explains, "Understand that this is a scam, if you need to be notified about something that there's been an injury, or tragedy only authorities or deputies will contact you."

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