Several Cities, Including Bryan, Have Reports of Similar Scam

By: Bryan PD Press Release
By: Bryan PD Press Release

Here are some tips to follow:

• Ask to speak to the relative/friend and have them tell you something personal
• Call the loved one they report to have in custody and if you cannot reach them call another loved one who is close to them or their job to verify their welfare.   
• Ask where the money needs to be sent.  If the family member or friend is reportedly in one country but they are asking for you to send funds to another then be very cautious and do not send the money.  
• Ask for the phone number and google the area code many times the number comes back to a different country as well. 

There are many scams out there, but with technology and social media, your information is on the web for the taking. Although this scam is not new, it has evolved. We recently had a few victims that reported being called by an official of a foreign government. The official will tell you that they pulled over a vehicle and found narcotics or other illegal activity. The official will then assure you that your family member or friend was not involved but is being held by their government. The official will then request you send money by MoneyGram for the release of your family member or friend.

In some cases they have had personal information such as names and relationship to each other. In one instance they knew the family member was at a wedding. It is unknown how they obtained this personal information but the internet or recent security breaches could be a contributing factor.

We encourage anyone who receives a call such as this to never send money without verifying the information.

If you have become victimized and sent money please make a report with your local police agency.

The City of Conroe, Sugarland PD, and Missouri City have had similar reports over the past year.


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