Augusta man conned out of $400

Police say an Augusta man was conned out of $400 Thursday after he received a phone call from a man threatening to harm his mother.

The 52-year-old victim told police that the man on the phone identified himself as Iveless Nieves. He warned the victim that he would harm his mother, who lives in Puerto Rico, if he didn’t send the money via a wire transfer, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say the victim immediately drove to WalMart and wired the money using the name and telephone number he was given. The victim then called his mother, who said a man named Michael called her the day before, asking for her son’s telephone number.

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to check the suspect’s number using a reverse search, but were unable to find any information.

According to the report, the victim’s mother was never harmed or contacted again.

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