A recent report shows an increase of scams in Volusia Country, Florida and a public warning has been issued to grandparents.
A recent report shows an increase of scams in Florida.
And a public warning has been issued to grandparents. Older women in the area have contacted police, claiming to have lost money.
Authorities say the ladies received a call from someone posing as their grandson. The male claims he is in jail and needs money fast to make bail.
The females later learned that the caller was not a relative. Police have informed the elderly crowd to always contact family members directly before ever sending money.
Warnings have been issued all over the country for what is called the ‘grandparent scam’.
It’s advised to be suspicious if the call is from an unknown location or if the caller simply says ‘hi grandma, it’s me’ without using their own name. Distress calls may not just pertain to jail either.
Some scammers say their wallet was stolen or they got into a car accident. The fraudulent calls usually come in late at night or early in the morning, when unsuspecting minds may not be thinking clearly.