Screen capture of 2010 ABC News video of Brian Ross interview in Costa Rica.
Screen capture of 2010 ABC News video of Brian Ross interview in Costa Rica.

COSTA RICA NEWS – ABC news in its “Catch Me if you can” series today (July 20), updates the story of con artists operating out of Costa Rica and using Make-a-Wish charity’s name to trick victims into sending money.

Rebecca Jarvis, in her introduction, says “don’t answer the phone until … about of the most despicable scams …”

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Screen capture of 2010 ABC News video of Brian Ross interview in Costa Rica.

ABC has been following the story four years when they first made it public in 2010.

Screen capture of 2010 ABC News video of Brian Ross interview in Costa Rica.
Screen capture of 2010 ABC News video of Brian Ross interview in Costa Rica.

“Operated by a gang of Americans who thought they were in a place where they would never be caught,” says ABC Reporter Brian Ross in 2010 as he corners two one of the scamsters at their home in Belén, Heredia, one a luxurious house with a towering antenna on its roof.

Watch the video.


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Editor’s note: In October 2010, your Q editor did several reports on the story,  working with ABC News and local media such as Telenoticias and La Nacion. Due to restrictions by the current owner of the content, it cannot be linked here. But you can make make a Google search of “Costa Rica Phone Scammers, “I’m Sorry About It” for the story.