According to the Virginia State Police, a new scam is making its way into the Twin County area.
First Sgt. Mike Musser wants area citizens to be aware of the scam. He said individuals (potentially senior citizens) are receiving phone calls from persons claiming to be their relative. In most cases, the caller identifies themselves by the name of a relative (such as a grandchild).
The caller will tell the “victim” over the phone that they have gotten into trouble with the police and need to have money wired to a certain account to get out of jail. The caller may also tell the “victim” not to say anything to their parents and plead to just keep the matter between them and the “victim.” Victims are told where to go to do the wire transfer (such as a Western Union or other financial institution that does electronic transfers), and provided with a routing number and account number.
The problem with this scam is that the suspects will use the name of a person related to the potential victim, and make quite a convincing conversation.
“This is a complete scam,” Musser said. “Citizens should never send money to an unknown location without confirmation of who is receiving it.”
Musser said the Virginia State Police is already aware of two such instances of the scam in Carroll and Grayson counties.