TROY, MI – To anyone who reads this article, we ask that you sit down with those who you think or know that could become victims of scam.
You are being urged to talk to your friends and relatives, no matter how intelligent you find them, they may not have the tools to determine quickly that they are being setup to get swindled out of a great deal of money if they have it to give up.
On March 17th, 2021, at approximately 11:40 AM, in the 700 block of Kimberly Drive, a woman reported to Troy Police that she received a call from a subject identifying himself as Drug Enforcement Agency Officer “Watson” and he advised the woman that her social security number was compromised and used in Texas.
After providing the last four digits of her social security number to confirm the matter, she was advised that she was a suspect in a drug transfer from Mexico and she was being charged with a felony. She was advised to withdraw as much money from her bank account and to purchase gift cards to fix her legal problems. She removed $10,000 from her bank account and over the next several hours, she used it to purchase numerous gift cards and green dot cards from several businesses under the direction of the caller who stayed on the line with her the entire time.
After nearly five hours of purchasing the items and providing the serial numbers she realized she was being scammed and ended the call. The total loss to the victim was $9,047.60.
Everyone needs to be educated on issues such as this so they can be armed with information to protect themselves.