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0dd 07-05-2006 7:40 PM

A funny story from 2005 - phone scam

Teenager Cons NFL Players Out of Hundreds of Dollars in Phone Scam- If a stranger called you out of the blue and claimed to be a former teammate down on his luck, would you wire him hundreds of dollars . . . to a grocery store? Well, at least two current or former NFL stars did, before Warren Sapp got suspicious and called police. Lewis Sills, 19, of Elkridge, Maryland faces multiple charges of identity theft after stealing from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green. Somehow, Sills got the home phone numbers of the players and called them claiming to be either a former teammate or a player on another team and asked the jocks to wire money ($900 in Green's case and $600 in McNabb's) to a grocery store. In Green's case, he claimed to be Baltimore Ravens linebacker Peter Boulware and that he had a "cousin" named Lewis Sills who would sign for the money so it should be sent in his name. The scam worked both times but when he tired to tap the Raider's Sapp for $1800 (gettin' greedy), the All-Pro lineman called cops who were waiting when Sills went to pick up the cash. Police believe other current and former NFL stars may also have been targeted by the scam but aren't sure how many fell for it.

Hehehe! That definitely sucks, but it's kind of a funny story.

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