Vernal police warn of phone scam

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VERNAL, Utah, Oct. 3, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Vernal police are warning residents of a phone scam Thursday.

“We have been made aware of a new scam that we need to provide information on,” said a Facebook post from Vernal Police Department. “Calls are being made to citizens from a phone number coming from Mexico, and in the initial phase of the phone call a girl can be heard crying. The girl then represents herself as the call taker’s child and tells the call taker that she had been taken or kidnapped and is in a van and does not know where she is.”

The call is then taken over by a male subject who explains that the child had seen something that she should not have and that they have taken her, the post said. The caller tells the call taker to go to an area bank and wants money to prove that the call taker will not go to the police.

“There are threats made to the call taker that the caller will rape and potentially kill the child if demands are not carried out as instructed,” the post said. “This is a ploy to obtain money and information. This is a SCAM. DO NOT give them money or information.”

If you receive this type of call, please contact Vernal law enforcement on 435-789-5835 and provide as much information as you can.


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