Known as the Grandparent Scam, the grift contains several common characteristics.
In a recent case described by GSPS, the suspect claimed to be a cousin of the victim. The suspect phoned the victim, claiming he was in trouble and had been arrested. He then had a different person take the phone, who he claimed was his lawyer, and asedk for $1,600 to get the “cousin” released from jail without incurring a criminal record. The request was for the money to be sent via wire transfer.
The people on the phone are very convincing and are able to solicit names from their victims.
Most victims of the scam are elderly, police say. If anyone is aware of someone that could be vulnerable to this scam, GSPS advises that no amount of money is needed to help loved ones in these types of circumstances. No money should be sent until the situation has been confirmed by a trusted family member or friend.
Victims of this type of fraud encouraged to call police.