Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:15 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:15:24 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was run over by an SUV on Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines. PoliceMore>>
A father may be getting a small bit of closure after police say they've arrested the men responsible for his son's death.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:11 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:11:37 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A vehicle rollover has sent a 15-year-old to the hospital in critical condition. The accident happened just before 5:00 p.m. on Pilot Road near Bermuda Road. The driver of had to be extricatedMore>>
A vehicle rollover sent a 15-year-old to the hospital in critical condition and injured two others Sunday evening.More>>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:01 AM EDT2013-05-20 04:01:24 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- While the Las Vegas metropolitan area in the last decade experienced more rapid growth in its suburbs than in its urban core, the percentage of residents living in poverty likewise increasedMore>>
While the Las Vegas metropolitan area in the last decade experienced more rapid growth in its suburbs than in its urban core, the percentage of residents living in poverty likewise increased faster in the suburbs than elsewhere.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-05-20 01:21:36 GMT
Three-thousand graduates walked the stage for the 50th UNLV commencement ceremonies. This is the day college students wait for. It's the end of late night study sessions and the beginning of their careers.More>>
Three-thousand graduates walked the stage for the 50th UNLV commencement ceremonies.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:10:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure. Officials tells us they stopped working this morning. Right now at least 2 trams are working, butMore>>
Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:26:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead. The driver of a Acura was driving northbound when for some reason he enteredMore>>
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:25 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:25:46 GMT
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:09:50 GMT
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball. The jackpot has grown to $600 million. People tell 8 News Now they waitedMore>>
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball.More>>
Helldorado Days return to downtown Las Vegas this weekend, keeping alive the longest-running event in city history.More>>
Make-up artist Barbra Jo Batterman has fashioned a career out of making women look beautiful. So when a bride overseas sought her skills for a Las Vegas wedding, the email exchange seemed business as usual. "'You'll be making up about eight ladies, including my mother -- my mum,' which should've been a sign to me. But I figure she doesn't live in this country," she said.
Pictures followed of the bride and her attendants, along with scheduling details, locations and times. Yet when Batterman pushed to chat off-line, TiffanyJJ2000 claimed she couldn't -- she was mute. "I thought the girl was really deaf and we were having a communication problem and I was doing her a favor because she had some bad luck," said Batterman.
Batterman's good humor fades when she details the $1,800 she lost to Tiffany, signed with hugs and kisses. Shortly before the nuptials a check arrived with instructions for Batterman to deduct her fee and then wire the rest to a woman in Pennsylvania for the cake and the chocolate fountain.
Before sending any money, Batterman waited for the check to clear -- or so she thought. "It's one thing if I wasn't smart enough to realize that this was a scam, I wouldn't have sent money if I didn't know that it cleared and I think that's really the bottom line," she said.
A bank representative mistakenly assured her that the check was good, but it was counterfeit, just like the email account linked to TiffanyJJ2000 by way of Nigeria.
"I'm sure that they not only sent her that email wanting her business, but she also sent, or whoever did it, sent the same email to a thousand businesses and it's just like fishing -- however many answer, that's who you're going to deal with," said Metro Police Lt. Robert Sebby.
Already this year, scams like this have cost Las Vegas victims some $12 million. Sebby advocates prevention because much to Batterman's frustration, few resources exist to track fraud out of state or overseas. "I went through all the steps that they told me, but it still hasn't gotten me anywhere," she said.
She's not any closer to her cash or to the crook in cyberspace who have colored any of her future online dealings. Absent any alternative, Batterman marks the loss as a cost of doing business. "I don't want it to happen to anyone else and I would like to get my money back. There's no question," she said.
Through the amateur detective work of a friend, Batterman identified the woman in Pennsylvania she believes picked up her wire transfer. She say she's spoken to her and that the woman claims to have forwarded the cash to a man in London after taking a little off the top for herself.
Batterman hopes to interest police with this new lead.
Lt. Sebby says people should not do business entirely by email. Get a phone number and talk to a real person. Second, if you do receive a check, verify it either from the bank or the company of origin. Finally, don't ever wire money to someone you don't know. Those transactions are untraceable.