According to the video, the scams begin with a threatening, unsolicited phone call and eventually the suspect solicits money to resolve the presented issue. The money is requested in the form of gift cards, police said.
“Scammers ask victims to purchase gift cards for various stores (Target, Walmart, etc.) or gift cards for online sellers like eBay, Apple, Google, etc.,” county police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.
Police discovered the scam after Howard County residents contacted police.
“It is not unique to Howard County. We are raising awareness of it in the hopes that people recognize these scams and do not lose money,” Llewellyn said.