GREEN RIVER — On January 26, GRPD Officers met with an individual at the police department, in regards to a phone scam.
The reporting party stated they had received a phone call from an individual claiming to be their grandson. The caller said they had been in an accident, left the scene and had been arrested.
The reporting party received an additional phone call from an individual claiming to be their grandson’s lawyer. The reporting party was told the lawyer had a system with Wal-Mart for payment of services. The reporting party was told to purchase three $1,000 Wal-Mart gift cards and give the gift card numbers over the phone to the scammer posing as the lawyer for services for their grandson.
The reporting party was told by the scammer posing as the lawyer to say the cards are being purchased as a wedding gift because Wal-Mart would waive a fee if the cards were a gift.
The reporting party did give the gift card numbers over the phone to the scammer posing as a lawyer and was instructed to send more money.
The reporting party went to withdrawal additional funds and was told by their bank, they may have been scammed and to contact the police department.
The reporting party later determined their grandson had been at work and was not in jail.
Green River Police Department wants to warn anyone asked to send money by prepaid cards, gift cards or wire transfers to be extremely cautious.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a friend or relative in need, hang up and call the friend or relative directly to verify the information.