Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal warns parish residents of yet another scam that has claimed at least one victim in the parish.
The victim received a call from a woman who claims to work for Grand Central Gift Awards, a company that is under contract by the federal government to distribute federal grants in the amount of $7,000 each. The victim is instructed to go to a local chain drug store and purchase a $299 green dot reloadable card. The victim then is instructed to call (206) 855-3333 and give the pin number to the card. The caller advises that the grant process has already been started and that the $7,000 grant check will be mailed soon.
Did the parish resident receive a check for $7,000? No. The only thing he received was a hard lesson in how the scam operates. It was a lesson that cost him $299.
Sheriff Randy Seal cautions parish residents about becoming scam victims. “If someone calls and offers you anything for free, hang up on them. It is a scam! The caller may have a sweet voice, or the caller may have a convincing story, but it is a scam. Don’t fall for it. Just hang up. You can always report scams to our office, but there is little we can do. Most scams originate outside of the United States, even though they may have a local telephone number. Just hang up on them.”