PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Armed with a big surprise, 3 On Your Side is about to deliver some great news to a viewer named Mari Chatroop. “Hi Mari ! How are you?” 3 On Your Side’s Gary Harper asked. "I'm good," she replied as she opened her apartment door.
You may remember Mari from a previous 3 On Your Side report when she explained how she was scammed out of $545 from a con man who called her and posed as a representative from her utility company.
This is not just an APS issue. Scammers are posing as other major utility companies like SRP and pulling the same stunt.
The caller claimed her electricity was going to be shut off in 15 minutes if she did not forward him money to keep it on. Unfortunately, she fell for it. "It (money removed) must have happened almost instantaneously. I got $17 left in it now," she had said.
The day this story aired, a 3 On Your Side viewer, who wanted to remain anonymous, was watching. "If I found myself in that position I would hope someone would step up," she told us. So, to help out, she gave 3 On Your Side a $200 check to deliver to Mari. "A little bit of money for me is a whole lot for someone else so I wanted to give it to her,” the viewer said.
But that's not all. Another viewer, who also wanted to remain anonymous, gave me an envelope with $500 in cash to also deliver.
Which brings us back to our visit with Mari. First, we gave her that $200 check, which put her in tears of joy. “What do you think about that? She doesn't even know you but she wanted to help," Harper told Mari. “It’s unbelievable,” she replied. “God bless her. I don't even know what else to say,” she said as she cried.
But we weren't done. We then gave her the envelope with $500 cash donated by the second viewer. “Thank you, I cannot thank you enough," Mari said, almost speechless.
Overwhelmed, Mari realizes she now has $700 to put back in her bank account. It's a lot more than the $17 the scammer left her with.
And it only happened because of two mystery viewers who saw a 3 On Your Side report. “You're absolutely the best,” Mari told Harper. “And I cannot thank you enough for your help."