We've warned you about tons of different phone scams before, ranging from IRS and tax scams, to Facebook lottery scams and travel hoaxes. The list goes on for ages, and that's why phone scams are the #1 scam in America.
But none is quite as bizarre as the latest, appearing in multiple parts of Arizona and in California too, burdening local fast-food chains with thousands of dollars of damages.
As if Wendy's didn't already have enough on its plate with a credit card breach, this week here in Phoenix, a local Wendy's manager took a phone call from someone claiming to be from the fire department, who instructed the manager to "conduct a diagnostic test" on the fire system.
You can imagine where it goes from here. The manager complied and then activated the restaurant's fire suppression system, and that's when the call took a turn for the worst.
The person claiming to be from the fire department said that the manager's actions had just started a gas leak and that he had to quickly evacuate the building and break all of the windows to prevent the building from blowing up.
So that's exactly what the manager, and the other employees, did. They smashed the windows, causing significant damage, and then waited outside for the fire department or police to show up.
Once the fire department was on the scene, alongside the gas company, they determined the call was a fake and a police report was filed.
What makes this call interesting is that two weeks prior, a very similar incident happened at a Jack in the Box in Tucson and at a Burger King in Morro Bay, California. Because Phoenix is the third victim, these calls have been upgraded from pranks to scam status.