PLYMOUTH – Police foiled a telephone scam while conducting a wellbeing check of a local woman Wednesday.

PLYMOUTH – Police foiled a telephone scam while conducting a wellbeing check of a local woman Wednesday.

Capt. Kevin Manuel said the woman’s daughter contacted police after she could not reach her mother at home. Police found the woman at a store, where she was attempting to purchase a large quantity of gift cards.

The woman explained that she had been contacted by the Social Security Administration about a debt she owed to the government and had been told to purchase $2,000 worth of Walmart and eBay gift cards to pay the debt.

Manuel said that while the officer was explaining that the caller was a scammer, the woman received a telephone call for the bogus Social Security officer. When the officer got on the telephone and identified himself as a police officer, the caller hung up.

But the phone rang again just moments later with the caller ID number suggesting the call originated from Plymouth Police Department. The caller, a woman, identified herself as a deputy, using the distinctive first and last names of two different local police officers. The officer again took the phone and told the scammer to stop calling.

Manuel said it marked the second time in two days that someone reported getting a scam call purporting to originate from local police. Different officers’ names were combined the first time as well.

Manuel said local police will never ask for money over the telephone. If residents are ever in doubt, they are advised to hang up and call police on established phone numbers to verify the validity of the call.