GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Department has recently been made aware of a concerning scam that has targeted several residents in the community.
“We’re taking this issue very seriously and want to make sure you have the information you need to stay safe,” the Department stated Nov. 14 on social media.
The scam involves a phone call from a local number, during which the caller falsely claims to have kidnapped a family member of the person who answers the call. The perpetrator then demands a ransom for the supposed victim’s safe return.
It’s been reported that voices can sometimes be heard in the background, adding to the false sense of urgency and danger. The scammer insists that the person stay on the line, threatening harm to the “kidnapped” individual if they hang up.
The scammer then directs the potential victim to go to a nearby store to send money electronically or purchase gift cards.
Greenfield Police offered the following safety tips to keep in mind:
- Never give out personal or financial information to unsolicited callers;
- If you receive such a call, remain calm. Remember that this is a known scam tactic;
- Do not follow the caller’s instructions. Hang up immediately; and
- Contact the Greenfield Police Department at 831-385-8311, and report the incident. Be sure to provide as much information as possible about the call.
“Please share this information with your friends and family to prevent them from falling victim to this scam,” the Department said. “We must all work together to keep our community safe. Remember, if you are unsure about a call, trust your instincts and contact the Greenfield Police Department at our non-emergency number. We’re here to help you.”