WORTHINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) –Worthington Police are warning residents of a new twist to an old phone scam.
Last month, two Worthington senior citizens fell prey to the scam involving iTunes gift cards and lost a total of $9,000.
According to Worthington police, the suspects are calling people and pretending to be their relatives or loved ones. They are explaining that they need money to get them out of jail, or to pay for damages in an accident situation.
Instead of asking for cash, they are asking the victims to purchase iTunes gift cards and then to call them back to provide them with the number on the back of the iTunes card.
One of the victims, who does not want to be identified, said he is out $1,000 after a suspect called him and posed as his grandson.
“It was a totally plausible story,” the man said. “They are very thorough.”
The caller claimed he needed help paying for damages from a car accident he claimed he had been in.
Worthington Police say the scammers are not asking for cash.
“Unfortunately a lot of these schemes come out of Canada or Mexico or other South American countries in which it’s extremely difficult to identify the individual that’s on the other side of the phone,” said Det. Sgt. Michael Holton, Worthington Division of Police.