Colorado Con Man Has Change of Heart After Woman Tells Him She's Pregnant

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Who says a con man can't have a heart?

Colorado business owner Sarah Carr said that a scam artist who tried to rip her off appeared to change his mind after she tearfully told him she was pregnant.

Carr, who owns three businesses in the Denver suburb of Bloombfield, told NBC station KUSA that a man claiming to be from the IRS called and told her there was a lien on one of her properties. After he said she was being convicted of tax fraud, Carr said she broke down.

"I just start crying," Carr told KUSA. "I said, 'I'm nine months pregnant...I don't know what I'm going to do.'

"And then he says, 'Wait, wait, wait, wait, you're pregnant?' and I said, 'Yes!' And he goes, 'I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry, this is a scam. You're okay, we're scamming you. We were just trying to get money out of you. Please stop crying,'" Carr said, adding that the man then promptly hung up.

Last week a top Treasury official revealed more than 366,000 people had been targeted by fake IRS agents in the "most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of our agency."


- Alexander Smith