Rowlett police say two individuals responsible for scamming Dallas/Fort Worth Area residents out of more than $10,000 were arrested earlier this month.
Justin Denson and Annie May Korpob were taken into custody at an Irving hotel room on Feb. 4 after scamming a Rowlett woman who they promised to do some plumbing work for.
Department spokesman Lt. John Ellison said the two posted an ad on Craigslist saying they could provide plumbing services. An unnamed Rowlett resident took them up on the offer. Denson, 30, and Korpob, 30, arrived with a day laborer and took a check from the victim meant to purchase supplies for the job.
Ellison said they cashed the check and didn’t return. This wasn’t the only person fooled by the two: Their scheme began in 2011 and they conned victims throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Area for more than $10,000, police say. Ellison said they have records of nine incidences so far in Rowlett, Rockwall, Dallas, Carrollton, Fort Worth and Mesquite.
However, the department believes there are likely other victims who haven’t come forward. Anyone who suspects they’ve been scammed by these two are asked to call the Rowlett Police Department at 972.412.6220.
Ellison said the two carry very convincing contracts that they get the victims to sign.
"Even the suspects themselves consider this a civil matter and not something the police can be involved in, so some of the people didn't report it because they were told, or might have thought, it was a civil matter," Ellison said. "It's not civil."
Each scam has started with an ad posted to Craigslist. Ellison advised anyone using the online classified website for work to not hand over any payment until after the job is complete.
"If anyone is asking you to pay up front, that should be an automatic red flag," he said. "A legitimate contractor with a legitimate company with operating capitol is going to do the job and then request payment."
Police tracked Denson and Korpob to the hotel after spotting their license plate on the city's scanner system. They tracked the vehicle, which victims had reported being what the two were driving, to where they were staying in Irving. They’re now in custody at the Rockwall County Jail on $100,000.