While his truck was being serviced, he received a phone call from someone claiming to be from TA. The man told the victim that the center’s computer system was down and the victim would have to pay with a Comcheck, a method of payment used by truck drivers. The victim said the man sounded legitimate so he provided the appropriate information and issued a check for $989.37. The victim was then told that a mistake had been made and the correct amount was $991.15. He was told the other check would be voided.
After issuing another check, the victim was told the amount was still incorrect. The victim issued a third check, this time for $967.07, after being assured that the previous checks had been voided.
By this time the victim became suspicious and called the travel center. He was told that the computers were not down and payment had been accepted in the usual way. The victim tried to stop payment but the checks had already been cashed across the street at the Pilot Truck Stop. The manager of the truck stop said two black males in their late 20s or early 30s had cashed the checks and had been filmed by the security cameras. The truck driver was bilked out of $2,947.