Police warn of 'new' car scam | Victim asked to meet caller in-person

JEROME, Idaho (News Release) — Jerome Police warn area residents of scam where the victim was asked to meet the caller in person and pay fees to receive a new car.

The Jerome City Chief of Police Dan Hall issued the following news release Tuesday morning:

“On April 4, 2017, the Jerome Police Department received information about a scam targeting area residents. A female Jerome resident reportedly received a phone call in which the caller said she had won a new car. The caller stated that all she had to do to claim her prize was to meet him in the Walmart parking lot and present him with a check for $3,400 to cover the necessary taxes and fees. The victim was initially going to follow through with the instructions of the caller but was stopped by a family member.

“This incident is undoubtedly a scam intended to steal money from the victim. What is very concerning in this case is the would-be thief asked to meet the victim in person which is very unusual. It is quite possible the orchestrator of the crime was setting the victim up for a more serious crime such as robbery. We encourage people to be very wary of such scams. If an offer seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam. If you have valuable information about this or similar crimes, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency.”

The Jerome Police Department can be reached at 208-324-4328.

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