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Billings police issue phone scam warning

Posted at 8:48 AM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 11:37:47-04

BILLINGS – The Billings Police Department issued a warning Monday of a recent phone scam.

Lt. Brandon Wolley said in a press release the scam often targets the elderly and disabled.

“A suspect will call and act like a grandchild claiming they have been arrested and need bail money sent to them,” Wooley said. “The suspects will use actual family names. (This information is usually easy to find online.) They then request cash to be placed in an unmarked envelope. An address will be provided with a specific timeframe for delivery of the money. The address is usually a vacant property and the suspect will wait in the area for delivery and then vanish.”

Wooley said anyone receiving such a call should not send money through the mail and instead call police at 657-8200.

Wooley also asked that anyone who has fallen victim to the scam and have not yet reported to also call police at 657-8200.