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Grafton Village resident victimized in the family emergency scam

From the Stafford Sheriff’s Office:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public about a recent scam that attempts to trick the victim into providing
money for a family emergency.  On June 25that 2:23 p.m., Deputy Layug responded to an address in Grafton Village for a complaint of fraud. Upon arrival, he learned the resident had received a phone call from a female claiming to be his granddaughter. The caller ID identified the number as “private.” The caller said she was in jail for her involvement in a traffic accident and she then passed the phone to a
second suspect.

The second suspect claimed to be an attorney and explained to the victim that there was a deal with the judge to release his granddaughter if he could provide a cash payment. The victim began getting the cash together and received additional calls from the alleged attorney, providing updates on the fabricated arrest.

Once the victim had the money ready, the alleged attorney told him a courier would pick it up from his residence. Approximately thirty minutes later a black SUV pulled up to the victim’s home and the driver was provided the cash.

The case is under investigation and any one with information is asked to call Detective Young at 540-658-4400
Residents are reminded to resist the urge to act immediately if they receive this type of call. Attempt to verify the identity of the caller by asking questions that a stranger will not be able to answer. Avoid wiring money, using a courier or providing gift card information. Please visit for additional tips and scams under our Crime Prevention Tab.

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