A phone fraud convinces a Utah lady to shave her head, robbing her of her hair, dignity, and confidence

A phone fraud convinces a Utah lady to shave her head, robbing her of her hair, dignity, and confidence

Randolph, a model from Layton, Utah, is the victim of a scam. But the scam artist wasn’t after her money so much as her dignity — and her hair.

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Megan Randolph is mad. And devastated. And in her own words, her confidence has been “rocked.”

“Oh yeah, I haven’t left the house, I don’t plan on leaving the house until I can figure something out and I know that sounds silly,” the now completely bald Randolph said.

It started with a text message from a stranger, and Randolph told KUTV she just doesn’t give her phone number out to strangers, but this one already knew her name and “Ashley” said she had been referred to her. Before the conversation was over, Randolph had been convinced to shave her head down to the skin, and her eyebrows, in exchange for a couple of thousand bucks.

“I was a little hesitant at first,” she said.

It helped the scammer’s cause that Randolph hasn’t been able to work consistently since she was in a car crash in late 2020. Even a few hundred or a couple of thousand dollars. The money never came and the person misrepresenting herself as agent of Redken beauty and hair care products vanished along with the phone number that is now out of service. All Randolph has to show for her troubles are photos and videos of the self hair-cut process.

Megan Randolph before she was scammed into shaving her head and eyebrows. (Photo: Courtesy Jacob Zeke)

She knows some members of the public may be cruel to her about falling victim to a scam and for shaving her head but she wants to get word out and doesn’t want others to fall prey to the same trick.

“I am a little devastated…but it is just hair and it will grow back. I wasn’t scammed out of anything but it’s malicious; it’s 100% cruel,” she said. Randolph and her husband tried to verify the number and it showed it was indeed registered to Redken, probably a phone trick used to mimic numbers for caller ID. He also called it to hear a voice mail service that, despite how skeptical he was, was convincing.

Part of trick was that Redken does have a series of online media campaigns about how to handle hair at home so a home haircut didn’t seem far fetched. What Randolph found online seemed to confirm the information provided her by the scammer. Ashley also promised more money paid for more hair taken and since Randolph says she can’t draw a straight line, something complicated like a bowl cut wasn’t even an option.  

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