The Chillicothe Police Department on Tuesday received information about a particular scam that is targeting the elderly citizens of Chillicothe.
The Chillicothe Police Department on Tuesday received information about a particular scam that is targeting the elderly citizens of Chillicothe. Police Detective Michael Smith said that as part of the scam, the caller informs the call recipient that he is with a law enforcement agency from outside the country and a family member has been involved in an accident or has been arrested. “They then allow you to talk to the family member that they mention and because of your worry for them, you believe that the individual sounds like your family member,” Smith said. The scammer tells the call recipient that they need to send a certain amount – usually thousands of dollars – before the family member sees the judge. “We encourage our citizens to not send any money to the scammers and the second that you hear what the caller is saying, to hang up and contact the family member that was mentioned in the call,” Smith said. The call usually comes from a number with an “809” area code but can also come from “284”, or “876” as well as many other area codes. These area codes are located in the Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands (The Bahamas) and also Jamaica. If you contact any number with these area codes as the scammer requests, you are subjected to international calling rates that you don’t even know about until after you get your phone bill, Smith said. If you don’t make international calls, you can ask your phone provider to block international calling,. “Don’t allow these scammers to make you a victim of their stealing technique,” Smith said. “If you ever have a question about a call, email, or phone number that doesn’t seem right to you, you are encouraged to contact the Chillicothe Police Department or your local law enforcement for assistance.”