New York State Police Warning Community Of “Grandparent Scam”

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JAMESTOWN – New York State Police say a scam call targeting grandparents is back and they want to make sure your relatives don’t become a victim.

Troopers say some of the fraudsters are claiming to be a family member with an illness and that the scammers will push for you to help without trying to contact anyone else first.

Others claim to be law enforcement officials, saying that your loved one is under arrest and demanding bail money. Police want people to know that they don’t call family members asking for bail money.

If you receive a call you believe to be a scam, police say resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is.

Verify the caller’s identity, ask questions that a stranger couldn’t answer and check with a family member to see if the information is true.

Police say don’t send cash, gift cards or money transfers, once the scammer gets the money, it’s gone.

If you have parents or elderly people in your family, take the time to explain this scam to them.


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