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Augusta woman charged in cellphone scam

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:06 PM
Last updated 8:43 PM
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An Augusta woman has been charged after police said she defrauded several people in a cellphone scam.

Frederica Byrd  SPECIAL
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Frederica Byrd

Since late May, police said, Frederica Byrd, 35, has been approaching people in shopping center parking lots and nail salons claiming to be an independent contractor for cellphone companies.

Investigator David Dutton said Byrd told victims she could offer them better, cheaper cellphone plans and pay off the balance of their current plans if they hand over several hundred dollars.

Investigator Mike Lanham said Byrd has also been charged with using stolen credit cards.

She was booked into the Richmond County jail on four counts of misdemeanor theft by deception in connection with the cellphone scam in addition to two counts of felony theft by deception and two counts of financial transaction card fraud in connection with using stolen credit cards.

Dutton said charges from another cellphone scam are pending.

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stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/18/12 - 02:05 pm
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My, my

Now hasn't she been a busy girl.........People, stop falling for any and everything, you don't do business with someone in a parking lot. You certainly do not hand over money to them.

my.voice
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my.voice 07/18/12 - 02:35 pm
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Hey Frederica.....Can you

Hey Frederica.....Can you hear me now? LOL

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/18/12 - 03:13 pm
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anything for an "obama phone"
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anything for an "obama phone"

boomhauer
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boomhauer 07/18/12 - 03:59 pm
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My cell phone bill is under
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My cell phone bill is under $30 a month with 300 monthly minutes and unlimited texts and data/web. I save money not give it away like some people do...they just don't seem to know any better nor have common sense either. It's a shame!

jmo
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jmo 07/18/12 - 04:39 pm
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Why?

Why would anyone hand a stranger several hundred dollars?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/18/12 - 04:47 pm
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Sorry

Too freekin sorry and lazy to earn an honest living.

wmarkw
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wmarkw 07/18/12 - 08:08 pm
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wow

How dumb can people be? I wonder what type of people she was targeting??

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Aceman 03/01/13 - 08:52 am
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Yikes

Yikes

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tanbaby 07/19/12 - 06:47 am
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once again, like i say with
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once again, like i say with all these obvious scams, i do not feel sorry for anyone who falls for this garbage !!!!!!!!!!!!!

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/19/12 - 08:47 am
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obama mentality, you have a
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obama mentality, you have a 300.00 cell phone bill someone offers you a new phone and to payoff your old cell bill all that needs to be done is give her 200.00, well when you have an obama mentality offered a "obama phone" (something for nothing mentality) you blindly and stupidly hand over your money thinking you are "gettin over", now you are out 200.00 and you still have to pay your cell phone bill....that's how it's done

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