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Grandpa Scam

DATE & TIME: 02-08-2019 @ 11:00 am

LOCATION: Rural Adams, Nebraska

OFFENSE: Grandpa Scam

CASE #: 2019-0619

A resident of rural Adams, Nebraska came to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and spoke with an investigator about a scam phone call he had received the day before. He received a phone call from 1-743-851-1022-2726, which is the number that showed up on his cell phone, and a male with a foreign accent told him his name was Christopher Jones and he was a lawyer. The suspect told the victim his grandson had been involved in an accident and the other driver was 4 ½ months pregnant. The “lawyer” said he had whittled down the bail amount from $22,000.00 to a mere $8,500.00 and asked for the victim’s credit card number. The victim refused to give his credit card information and the suspect switched to asking for the $8,500.00 to be sent in five different envelopes to 1418 Tayler Avenue, Bronx, New York and he was to put the identifying number “1V99105” on each envelope. The victim realized it was a scam, told the suspect so, and then hung up.

The Gage County Sheriff’s Office advises residents that there are a variety of scams, all which may seem legitimate in some way, but always rely on the victim panicking and sending money, personal information, or financial information to the suspect because they are told it must be done immediately and/or with secrecy.

If you receive a call, letter, e-mail, or personal contact with someone and it seems suspicious in some way, contact your local police department or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator.

Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903

Investigator T. Hanson #90310