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State Police Warn Of "Grandparent Scammers"

RIPLEY COUNTY, Indiana (WKRC-TV)- Some Ripley County grandparents have found themselves scammed by what police are calling "Grandparent Scammers."

Indiana State Police said grandparents got a call from a young lady explaining that she was their granddaughter. They responded by saying, "Is this [name here]?" The caller said yes and proceeded to tell them she was in Canada and had been arrested and needed $2,000 to bond her out of jail.

The caller then begged the grandparents not to call her parents about the situation.

The grandparents agreed to wire her the money.

The caller would then call them again asking for more and the grandparents said they couldn't do it.

The grandparents thought about the situation for a while and called their son and asked about his daughter, the supposed person in jail. It was at this point that they realized they had been scammed.

Unfortunately, this is not the the first time something like this happened and actually occur quite frequently.

Scammers do research about their targets, grandparents, and find ways to convince the grandparents to send money. In almost every case, they will claim to be arrested in a foreign country and need money to bond out of jail.

Officials say if you do receive one of these calls, do the following:

  • Write down the number from your Caller ID adn Google it. If told to call a certain number, Google that number too.
  • VERIFY who you are talking to. Ask personal questions only the real "grandchild" would know the answers to.
  • If told, "Don't tell mom and dad," BEWARE. After hanging up, call "mom and dad" anyway tell them of the call you just received.

Also, do not wire money unless you are absolutely certain the caller is actually who they say they are.

 

 

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