Scam alert

 

To the editor,

 

Incidents of a telephone scam, of which I feel the public needs to be aware, have been reported to the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office and Dillon Police Department. The latest version of the “Grandparent Scam” goes like this:

The caller may say they are a public defender representing your grandchild who has been arrested. The caller knows your grandchild’s name, where they attend college and maybe your address. They usually obtain the information from public records, Facebook and/or other social networking sites. The caller insists that you post several thousand dollars bail and that your grandchild is too embarrassed to call their parents.

Should you receive this type of call, you should contact your grandchild and their parents before taking further action. Make sure your family member is all right, then call the Sheriff’s Office and report the incident. If your family member is, in fact, incarcerated somewhere, call your local Sheriff’s Office for information on how you can arrange bail. If you tell the caller that you are telephoning law enforcement they usually will terminate the call. 

The latest report to the Sheriff’s Office came recently, and resulted in the loss of a substantial sum of money. The caller asked the victim for cash or they were directed to purchase gift cards from Walmart, Safeway, Home Depot or similar stores. 

Unfortunately, limited resources on the local, state and federal level, means most of these criminals are never apprehended, and are usually located in foreign countries. 

Again, please do not hesitate to contact this office if you have any questions about this or any suspicious telephone calls you receive.

 

Jay T. Hansen

Beaverhead County Sheriff