Boonville police warn of phone scam involving gift cards

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BOONVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Boonville Police Department is warning people not to use gift cards if requested by phone as a form of payment.

This warning comes after police said a 78-year-old woman was scammed.

Police said the woman received a call that her granddaughter was arrested.

The caller advised her to purchase a Home Depot card and provide the numbers to get her out.

Police Chief Daryl Saltzman said, “When the elderly get a phone call, as soon as something is said about their kids or their grandkids, they only hear bits and pieces about what the rest of the information is. We ask to not give out any pertinent information.”

If you receive a call requesting personal information such as your date of birth or Social Security number or are asked to make a gift card payment, contact your local police.

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(This story was originally published on August 1, 2019)

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