Darien Police Department warns residents of gift card scam

DARIEN – The Darien Police Department has received additional reports of residents scammed out of money using gift cards.

On Aug. 7, a resident received a call from a male identifying himself as Damien Barbosa. The caller ID showed the call as Washington D.C., U.S. Attorney General's Office.

The caller was aware the resident had a Payday loan and mentioned that the resident owed the IRS back taxes. The resident was instructed to go to Walgreens or Wal-Mart and purchase Green Dot gift cards in the amount of $2,700. The resident complied with the request, then called back and provided the card and PIN numbers.

The $2,700 was immediately transferred off of the cards.

On Aug. 22, a resident was searching the Internet for a money loan and located
a web site instantmoney.com. After contacting the company, the resident was
instructed to go to Walgreen's and purchase $200 in Vanilla Network Reload gift
cards for fees to process the loan. The resident then contacted the company and
provided the card and PIN number.

A short time later the resident checked the card balance and found the $200 was transferred off of the card. Attempts to call the company were met with hang-up calls.

Darien Police are working with store management to address the recent scams
and how to notify customers of the possible scam.