Mesa businesses struck by fraud


A con-man has struck Mesa businesses at least six (6) times since June. The Mesa Police Department says a man has been calling local businesses and identifying himself as an employee of the company.  The man then tells the business that his niece or nephew was driving from Texas to California and their car broke down.  The man requests between sixty (60) and two hundred forty (240) dollars for a tow truck and promises to pay the money back the next day.  Police say this method of fraud has been reported in Tempe, Gilbert, and Scottsdale.  No information has been provided on the success of the con-man and his scheme.