Bismarck Police wants to warn the public about phone scammers targeting grandparents.
An elderly Bismarck couple were the recent targets for these phone scams. On June 14th, they received a call from someone claiming to be their grandson. He stated he was arrested in Jamestown on drug charges and needed $4,000 in bail money in the form of Best Buy gift cards. Over the next few days, the couple received 2 more calls from the same number asking for more money in gift cards and a check. All of the requests were fulfilled. It wasn’t until their daughter spoke to them on the 16th when they realized it was a scam. The Bismarck couple is out a total of $14,000.
Sergeant Mark Buschena says they do not accept gift cards of any kind as bond payment, and if anyone gets a call similar to that one, to first contact family members and the claimed jurisdiction for confirmation of the story.