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Police warn of old phone scam getting new life

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SCMPD Financial Crimes detectives are alerting the public of a scam that targets grandparents in an attempt to get them to fork over thousands dollars when they think they're helping their grandchildren.

The scammers pretend to be grandchildren in trouble with the law. The unsuspecting elderly victims are told to head to a store, put money onto a prepaid debit card and give a pin number to their lawyer, who is also in on the lucrative scam.

"From $5,000 to $25,000 - depending on how they feel, the money they feel they can get from that person and an amount that they feel they need to get them out of that situation," Detective Casondra Lawson with the Financial Crimes Unit said.

Police said you can ask specific questions only your grandchild would know to find out if it is scam, and if you're suspicious to file reports with authorities for any criminal act.

Prevention tips:


  • Ask the caller posing as the grandchild a question that only they can answer.
  • Contact the requesting family member to verify the caller's claim. Do not call the family member back using a number they just provided.
  • Contact the grandchild's family before sending any money anywhere to check on his or her welfare.
  • Never providing funds through wire transfers or money cards.
  • The victim should request the actual police or sheriff's department where the grandchild is to verify the information provided by the callers.
  • Never react in haste.


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