Occurred 9/9, 11:21 p.m. Theft 4833 S. Padre Island Drive 1109090082
Officers responded to a theft scam at the Wal-Mart customer service desk involving an 85-year-old victim. Customer service representative reported an elderly victim sent $2,500 via a Money Gram to Monterrey,Mexico.
The victim told Officers she received a phone call from a person claiming to be her “long lost” nephew from Mexico. He went on to ask for $2,500.00 to keep from being imprisoned over a traffic accident.
The elderly victim agreed to send the money via Money Gram. The transaction was similar to a fraud which occurred earlier in the week and the customer service representative was able to reverse the transaction. The money was returned to the victim.
As of today, the Corpus Christi Police Department has received several reports of unscrupulous individuals taking or attempting to take advantage of Senior Citizens in our community. Please talk to your family, friends, and neighbors and warn them of this theft scam.
We’ve included several tips for seniors and their caregivers:
- NEVER give personal or financial information over the telephone
- Do Not offer any family names to callers unknown to you. They will assume the identity of these family members.
- Remove yourself from telephone calling and mailing lists.
- Remember, if the caller asks to keep the call a secret, he doesn’t want outsiders to know about the fraud.
- Check with other family members before sending money or any other assistance.
Please contact Crime Prevention Advisors Imelda Benavides and Brenda Rodriguez at 361-886-2765 to schedule a personal safety presentation.