In his weekly column, Police Chief Normand Crepeau warns against scams targeting the elderly.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, February 13
Grandparent Scam - Alive and Well in Grafton Although I’ve posted warnings to be cautious about fraud and phone scams directed toward the elderly, the Grafton Police Department continues to receive calls and complaints regarding this issue. Just last week, a resident reported that she received a call from a “law enforcement agency” located out of the country stating that they were holding a relative and he needed $2500.00 cash for bail. The “agency” told the resident how and where she could send the money to bail her relative out. The resident stated she was about to send the money as instructed but decided to call the relative to see if she could contact him. Sure enough, the relative was fine and was not being held by any law …
As scammers get more sophisticated, would-be victims need to be more cautious.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Although I’ve posted warnings to be cautious about fraud and phone scams directed towards the elderly, the Grafton Police Department continues to receive calls and complaints regarding this issue. To help citizens avoid being victimized by these scams, we would once again like to present the following information offered by the FBI at www.fbi.gov and AARP at www.aarp.org. You’re a grandparent, and you get a phone call or an e-mail from someone who identifies himself as your grandson. “I’ve been arrested in another country,” he says, “and need money wired quickly to pay my bail. And, oh by the way, don’t tell my mom or dad because they’ll only get upset!” This is an example of what’s come to be known as the grandparent scam - yet another …