A phone scam is currently trending in the Woodburn area, targeting the Hispanic population.
According to Woodburn police, usually a man calls the victim and pretends to be a nephew or cousin that is on their way to visit. The caller uses a generic greeting and pauses, hoping the victim will insert a name. The caller then gives a location or time of arrival of about four hours and hangs up.
About 10-15 minutes later, the suspect calls back, claiming they were involved in an accident and needs to borrow money. They usually claim to have an un-cashed work check and will reimburse the victim in a few hours when they arrive.
The caller's phone number will come across as blocked and they won't provide a phone number, claiming that the phone battery is almost dead. The caller will plead that the victim get the money ready and call back.
If the victim agrees to let the caller borrow the money, the caller will try to get the victim to wire the money to a relative in Mexico or another country. According to Woodburn police, There have been people involved in this scam that pretend to be a police officer from another state, trying to help the caller so that they do not get arrested.
If you have been a victim of this scam or another one, you're asked to report it to your local police department.
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