Scam Alert from Mashpee Police Department

Anyone who tells you to pay with a gift card is a scammer...

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... welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on