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.