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Posted on: April 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Scam Alert 04/19/2018

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On 04/12/2018 an elderly male received a phone call stating that his grandson had been in an accident and arrested in Massachusetts and needed to be bailed out.

The elderly male was told to go to Sam's Club and purchase 5 $1,000 Sam's Gift Cards in order to bail out his grandson. Sam's Club was FANTASTIC and told the elderly gentleman that this was a scam and not to purchase the gift cards. The male did not make that purchase.

When the male went home he advised the caller that he was told this was a scam and that he didn't purchase the gift cards. The caller stated it was not a scam and advised the elderly male to go to another Newington location and purchase $3000.00 in EBAY gift cards, scratch off the activation number and call back with those numbers. Unfortunately this transaction did take place.

PLEASE tell everyone you know about this scam. It is delivered, particularly to the elderly, in many different forms. IRS tax scam, grandson injured/arrested scam, and many more.

Let's look out for each other and have a conversation about this so others aren't emotionally and financially impacted by this criminal behavior.

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