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Got snakes? Scammer offers to remove cobras from under homes

At least a dozen people received text messages Wednesday telling them they had cobras underneath their homes and that there is a cobra epidemic. King cobra snake photo by Dr. Anand Titus and Geeta N Pereira. December 3, 2012. (Credit: Michael Allen Smith@INeedCoffee/Wikimedia Commons.)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — At least a dozen people received text messages Wednesday telling them they had cobras underneath their homes and that there is a cobra epidemic in Asheville, North Carolina. Accompanying the fake alert was a pile of rattlesnakes.

The scammer then asked each of the potential victims for $2,000 transfers into a bank account to remove them.

Of course, cobras aren't found in North America.

One Asheville man recognized that and decided to have a little fun.

"I began asking him how the snakes are going to be removed and if they were going to be released to a natural habitat and making comments about, you know, who's removing these snakes if I send the money and will he accept installments," Asheville resident Ferrin Cole said.

News 13 tried contacting the scammer, but the number no longer worked.

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