GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are warning citizens of a scam after officers received a report yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) of a fraud in which the victim lost $110 to a scammer apparently working from India.
According to police, the scammer, who called himself "James" and talked with a heavy accent, claimed the victim had been awarded a $10,000 grant. The victim was told he needed to wire money to process the grant.
The victim went to his local bank where staff told him the grant was likely a scam, but the victim wired the money to Turchan Siro, India, despite the warnings, say police.
The victim did not receive the promised grant money and contacted the police.
The Grandview police ask that anyone receiving this sort of offer to not respond. The usual approach of these scammers is "You won something, send me money" or "You're in deep trouble with (some organization, often the IRS), but send me money and everything will be fine."
Do not send money, say local officials.
"Come in and speak with us first if you feel you need to, but do NOT send money unless you check things out thoroughly and can be 100 percent certain the situation is a valid one," said a police spokesman.
"This kind of scam is becoming much more common and I fear there a lot of people falling for it that never report it. The fact of the matter is, your money will be lost and you will never get it back."
Grandview police suggest people check out the following websites if they believe they are being targeted for fraud. The FTC has a website for this situation at http://ftccomplaintassistant.gov. The internet crime complaint center is at http://ic3.gov. The Secret Service has a website about all types of criminal fraud at http://www.secretservice.gov/criminal.shtml. A list of common identity theft scams is available at http://idtheft.about.com/od/theftmethods/tp/IDTheft_Scams.htm. A list of links for victims of fraud is available at http://justice.gov/criminal/fraud/contact/report-fraud.html. An article from the IRS about various frauds using the IRS as a threat is at http://irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=155682,00.html.
Yesterday, Grandview police also handled two animal problems, responded to a report of a power line knocked down by a truck in the 700 block of Velma Avenue, provided two agency assists, took two informational calls, investigated two reports of suspicious activity and responded to an automatic alarm.