Careful what you say to telemarketers.  This interaction could have gotten this innocent man killed.

We have all been annoyed or even harassed by telemarketers at some point, right?  In fact, I can recall saying some pretty awful things to a guy that called me 5 times a day trying to sell me erectile dysfunction meds.  It turns out, the people behind those phone calls can be dangerous and we should approach those calls with caution.

Monday afternoon John Karas and his wife were enjoying a day off while getting overwhelmed by telemarketer calls according to WTAP.com,

At a certain point, Karas said to his wife, “the next person that calls, I’m gonna really let ‘em have it."  Shortly after, Karas received a call, to which he answered, “this is not Mr. Karas, go to h***.”

Following that phone call the telemarketer called 9-1-1 and claimed he was John Karas.  The telemarketer then told the 9-1-1 operator,

Uh, sir, I, uh, my uh, my name is John Karas, uh... I'm calling to surrender myself because I just killed my wife.

You can hear the 9-1-1 call in the video posted at WTAP.com.

With-in 10 minutes Karas was surrounded by law enforcement with guns drawn.  He was handcuffed and taken into custody.  His wife was home and alive.  Just a little shocked by the police presence.

The telemarketer was able to clone Karas' phone number so it looked like the call was coming from his home.  Which makes identifying the actual caller very difficult.

Moral of the story: don't answer calls from numbers you do not recognize.

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