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ISP warns residents about new scam

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Indiana State Police were recently called to investigate a scam of a grandparent being bilked out of thousands of dollars by someone posing as their grandchild.

The most recent case involved a couple in northern Ripley County.

The victim reported she received a call from her "grandson" saying he had been involved in a crash in a foreign country and had been drinking.

He said he was in jail and needed money for bail, attorney fees, etc.

He said, "Please don't tell mom and dad."

The loving grandmother sent two substantial amounts of money via Western Union to Canada totaling more than $11,000 only to find out days later she had been scammed.

The scam, according to ISP officials, has been going on for several years and unsuspecting grandparents are still having thousands of dollars taken from them.

ISP officials note grandparents should verify everything their "grandchild" is telling them before sending any money. As soon as the grandchild says, "don't tell mom and dad," a red flag should be going up and the grandparents should immediately beware and start asking questions.

The caller will do their very best, according to ISP, to get the sympathy of the grandparent by crying, begging, saying if the money isn't received by a certain time, they could be jailed for years.

The caller will say anything to get the intended victim to act as quickly as possible without considering the consequences of their actions.

In the most recent case, the phone number that showed up on the victim's caller ID was 416-238-0000 and the number the victim was requested to call was 438-777-7947. When "Googled," both numbers indicated they are from a scam.

ISP officials stressed those receiving a call like this should do the following:

* Write down the number from caller ID and Google it. If told to call a certain number, Google that number as well,

* Verify who is on the other line. Ask personal questions only the real "grandchild" would know answers to, and

* If told, "don't tell mom and dad," beware. After hanging up, call "mom and dad," anyway and tell them of the call just received.

Once money is wired out of the country and the victim realizes they have been scammed, there is nothing authorities in the United States can do to assist with recovery of the money or seek criminal charges against the perpetrator.

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This is sad that evil people will prey on the elderly like that. I am curious though on one thing? Did the grandmother not recognize that the voice on the other end was NOT a grandson? Did he use a grandsons name? and how does a grandparent not know when their granchild is in another country and question that? All in all it's sad and I hope she's able to somehow get her money back.

-- Posted by Dyna1 on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 7:47 AM

Agree with Dyna1,how does someone not recognize their grandchild's voice? or know whether or not they are traveling overseas? Why would someone just send checks? before checking out the story with the child's parents or friends? Seems pretty guilable to me. Sorry that they lost the money though. These scam artists are pathetic and sad. Hope they are caught and prosecuted!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 7:57 AM

I wish I had a Grandmother like that!! Yes, the elderly are more susceptible to scams like this, but let's look at WHY:

1. Not all grandparents have the luxury of seeing their grandchildren every day, much less know what's going on in their lives.

2. Some may not hear their grandchildren's voices regularly, may be hard of hearing and, being the kind, generous souls they are - want to help their grandchildren in any way they can.

It's horribly sad that someone would do this to someone else's grandmother or their own.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 11:45 AM

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