Target employees honored by Hanover sheriff for stopping scam

Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 3:36 PM EDT
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Two Target employees received "challenge coins" from the Hanover County Sheriff's Office on Monday for assisting a couple who nearly fell for a scam that would have cost them thousands.

Matthew Drye and Mariah Thomas were working at the Mechanicsville Target on Jan. 26 when the couple came into the store. Drye was working at the cash register and the couple said they needed to purchase two Target gift cards at $2,000.00 apiece.

The couple said they needed the cards after a "police officer" called and told them their grandson was in jail. If they wanted to get him out, they needed to buy the gift cards.

Thomas and Drye then convinced the couple that they were being targeted by a scammer.

"As law enforcement officers, we can't be in all places at all times," said Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff. "It warms my heart to see our citizens go above and beyond to help each other, which in turn acts as another set of eyes and ears for the Sheriff's Office. Mr. Drye and Ms. Thomas prove, once again, why Hanover County is such a great place to live, work, and raise a family."

For information on fraud and scam prevention tips, visit http://www.hanoversheriff.com/387/Fraud-and-Scam-Prevention.

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