ANKENY, Iowa — The Ankeny Police Department said there is a scam going around central Iowa right now that’s cost people thousands of dollars.
Scammers are calling people pretending to be local law enforcement officers and saying they will be arrested unless they send money.
At times, they’re even using real police officers’ names from the area to make their stories sound even more believable.
“They ask these people to go to a local store, buy a gift card and then call them back with the numbers on the back of the gift card,” Ankeny Police Sgt. Corey Schneden said.
It’s not just the elderly falling victim.
Schneden has seen people of all ages, backgrounds and demographics get swindled out of money.
“People think the elderly and that but we’ve seen doctors and all kinds of people fall for it,” Schneden said.