From Mashpee Police:
Our department recently received a call from a merchant in town that noticed a elderly man who had just purchased a gift card for a large amount of money was on the phone with someone.
Upon our officers' response we learned that this party was being scammed into thinking that it was his son on the phone and that he was “in trouble”.
The elderly male admitted to already providing the card’s unique number to the person on the phone. Our officers found there to be a person with a thick Caribbean accent on the phone (which did not fit the son’s profile) and the scammer disconnected the call.
It should be noted that the actions of the merchant and the responding officer spared this gentlemen from driving to another location to buy another gift card, as the scammer was instructing him to do so. Please see video below for more information...