MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - There is a new scam out there and one local sheriff's office wants to make sure people are being extra careful.
June 2nd, Walton County Sheriff's Deputies took a report from a 90-year-old elderly, Miramar Beach woman who said she had been contacted by a man claiming to be a police officer.
The scammer told the victim his name was "Officer Russell Grem, Badge #6969" and told her her grandson had been arrested and she needed to come up with $5,000 to keep him out of jail.
"They picked that cash up at her home," said Walton County Public Information Officer, Corey Dobridnia. "We don't normally see that and that's what makes this a little scarier because you're talking about an elderly person who's more vulnerable than your typical citizen and they know where she lives."
“This face-to-face interaction is what should alarm everyone,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This person could have tried to harm her. This wasn’t over the phone, or through a computer; they went to her house in person.”
The victim said after then the next day the same number called again, telling saying her grandson was going to court. She said the person then demanded $3,000 in gift cards to keep him out of more trouble.
WCSO said they were able to track the numbers on the gift cards which were used in Virginia to buy more gift cards.
Sheriff's officials want to remind people law enforcement officers will never ask for cash or gift cards.
They also say to never give out or confirm personal, financial, or other sensitive information over the phone.
Dobridnia added, if you're ever in doubt, do not hesitate to call the sheriff's office to verify.
If you have any information about this case you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.