Law Enforcement Sends Warning About "Grandma Scam"

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is asking residents to remind elderly friends and relatives about the so called "grandma scam" during spring break time.

The grandma scam involves thieves who target elderly residents by calling them and imitating a grandchild telling them they have been arrested in another country and they need bail money or they will be forced to sit in jail. Often a second person will get on the phone and claim to be an official such as a police officer. The fake grandchild always begs the grandparent not to tell anyone due to embarrassment, but they really don’t want anyone to educate them that it is a scam.

Those heading off on spring break are also reminded to protect their grandparents. Don’t post things on open social media pages that can be picked up by scammers. If the thieves know where you are during your vacation and who you are with, that gives them a better advantage when they call your grandparent trying to steal their money.

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