Couple of phone scams apparently targeting local residents. Monday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a phone scam targeting a local mother. The victim told deputies that she received several calls from a phone number out of Mexico. The scammer told the victim that he was a member of law enforcement in Mexico. The scammer said that he had the victim’s child and was holding the child for ransom. The scammers put a crying child on the phone and then demanded the victim wire all of the money she had in her possession to someone in Mexico City. The scammer demanded the victim stay on the phone and not hang up or tell anyone. The victim soon figured out that this call was a scam and was able to confirm that her children were safe at school. She did not wire money, but instead contacted law enforcement.
In another phone scam reported recently, a local resident was contacted by someone claiming to be her grandson. The scammer told the victim that he had broken his nose and needed money for medical care. The victim knew the call was a scam and asked the scammer to provide information that only her grandson would know. The scammer was unable to answer correctly. The victim hung up and contacted law enforcement.