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There are many scams out there but with technology and social media your information is on the web for the taking.  Although this scam is not new, it has evolved.

There are many scams out there but with technology and social media your information is on the web for the taking.  Although this scam is not new, it has evolved. Recent victims have reported being called by an official of a foreign government.  The official says they pulled over a vehicle and found narcotics or other illegal activity. The official will then assure you that your family member or friend was not involved but is being held by their government. The official will then request you send money by MoneyGram for the release of your family member or friend. 

In some cases, the scammers possess personal information such as names and relationships. In one instance, the scammers knew the family member was at a wedding. It is unknown how they obtained this personal information but the Internet or recent security breaches could be a contributing factor.

The Bryan Police Department encourages anyone who receives a call such as this to never send money without verifying the information. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Ask to speak to the relative/friend and have them tell you something personal.
  • Call the loved one they report to have in custody and if you are unable to reach them, call another loved one who may be close to them or contact their employer.
  • Ask where the money needs to be sent. If the family member or friend is reportedly in one country but the official is asking for funds to be sent to another country, be cautious and do not send money.
  • Ask for the phone number and google the area code; many times, the number comes back to a different country.

If you have become victimized and sent money, make a report with your local police agency. 

The City of Conroe, Sugarland PD, and Missouri City have had similar reports throughout the past year.

For more information, contact the Bryan Police Department at (979) 209-5300.