A 75-year-old Cottonwood man was recently scammed out of thousands of dollars in two separate phone scams. The first call took place between December 13th and 18th. A scammer who went by the name “Mike McCarthy” told the man his social security number had been used for illegal activity in Texas and in order to avoid a warrant for his arrest, the man needed to buy $10-thousand in gift cards and provide the information to him. The man went to various locations in Cottonwood and bought nine-thousand dollars in cards before his bank declined additional purchases. The man gave “McCarthy” the information and was then told by the scammer to send him $10-thousand. He sent the money, but eventually called the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Due to a tracking number, the man was able to get the money back. He then told the deputy another person called him claiming to work at the Cottonwood Police Department and wanting the credit cards to hold as evidence. The caller was likely the same scammer as the first occasion. The man then went and purchased 42 $500 cards totaling $21-thousand and the gave the scammer the information. A family member was contacted by the sheriff’s office and has been asked to intervene and consider a financial power of attorney to avoid further loss. Remember, if someone asks you to make a payment over the phone by using a gift card, it’s a scam.