Phone Scam Making the Rounds

The City of Redding Police Department would like to remind citizens about phone scams which are often used to prey on the elderly citizens of our community.

Recently, several citizens have fallen victim to this scam. Typically, an unknown person will call the victim claiming to be a distant relative or an “attorney”. The suspect will claim a relative of theirs has been arrested and request bail money be sent to them. Sometimes the suspect will request funds be sent via wire transfers, check, or by the purchase of gift cards. The phone numbers used by the suspects are usually out of the country or return as disconnected numbers.

Please beware this is a scam! If you receive a call from a phone number that you do not recognize, please be cautious. Giving out any personal information over the phone, such as bank account information and purchasing gift cards for an unknown person is highly discouraged by the Redding Police Department.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Karen C says:

    Very old scam. Hopefully elders remember, youngers, learn.

  2. Avatar Richard Christoph says:

    Thought everyone knew about this but was clearly wrong. The World’s Best Mother-in-Law recently sustained a significant loss to some of these low-life b******s. If there are a heaven and a hell, I hope there is a special place in hell for those who abuse children, animals, and the big-hearted, trusting, and at times naive elderly.

  3. Avatar name says:

    If you have caller ID, a good way to determine if a call is from outside the USA is if the number has a +1 in front of it. It may look like a local number, but the +1 means that they had to dial a country code first to place the call.