Phone scam potentially targeting parents, grandparents in the Valley

WHSV recreation of a scam call
WHSV recreation of a scam call(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 21, 2016 at 1:45 PM EST
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A woman in Rockingham County is warning of a phone scam where the caller pretends to be a family member or friend in need of help.

Judy, who asked us not to use her last name, says she got a call on Tuesday from someone claiming to a family friend's son who got in an accident. That person said they had been arrested for drugs found in the car.

"He called me mom," said Judy, "and I just wasn't sure who it was."

Judy, wanting to help, asked if it was that family friend, who sometimes calls her mom, and the caller confirmed.

"I totally believed it because this kid is a good kid and I really believed him," said Judy. "He said, 'You know I don't do drugs or I'm not involved in this' and I said sure, I know that, Bbut I was in the car, so naturally they had to take me in,' he told me."

The caller then put someone else on the phone, claiming to be the officer. He wanted $2000 for a bail bond hearing in the form of a Target gift card. Judy quickly called a friend, who is a bail bondsman, who told her it's a scam.

These types of scams have been popping up across the country, with some scammers even claiming to be kidnapped children.

You can learn more about lots of scams targeting our area

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