(ATLANTIC) Authorities are once again warning the public of a scam in which a grandparent receives a distressed phone call from someone claiming to be their grandchild.
“They call into these houses and talk to the people, they call them either grandma or grandpa and they say this is your grandson or granddaughter; they have the name, date of birth, all of that stuff, and they say they were either in a traffic accident or got arrested and they ask, ‘Could you please wire me $2,000 or $3,000 to such and such a place so I can pick it up to get bail money,” said Atlantic Police Lieutenant Dave Erickson. “We want to warn the public that this is a scam and to not send money to those people.”
Lieutenant Erickson says they have received four reports of this scam in just the last week. He said one subject did end up wiring money to the scammers; another subject was going to wire money until they were warned about the scam.
Lieutenant Erickson says if you receive a phone call like this, write down the phone number of where the call is coming from, if you can, and report it to authorities.