Grandparent’s scam making a comeback

Sheriff Ana Franklin reports that a slightly new twist on an old phone scam has surfaced in Morgan County.  The Sheriff’s Office has received two complaints over the weekend where a variation of the “Grandparents Scam” was used in an attempt to trick people into giving them money.

The persons each received a phone call from an out of state number.  In one case the number was from a 708 area code, which is Illinois.  In that instance, the caller said he was the person’s grandson, and even, according to the reporting person, sounded like the grandson, but the voice was muffled and somewhat garbled.  The “grandson” said he was in an accident and had been arrested in Georgia, and was in need of funds. They were given the number of a “lawyer” to contact and arrange to transfer money to them.  The reporting person did their due diligence and found that their grandson was fine and at work.  The calling number was identified as 708-515-4772.  A search of that phone number lists it as being reported as being used in a scam of this nature 22 times since June 24th 2016.

These con artists use a variety of methods to gather personal information, usually social media accounts; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Phone lists are easily purchased, auto dialers are used, and digital systems that alter Caller ID information are widespread.

There is not a law enforcement agency in this country that will contact you and ask for payment over the phone for bond.  Always be absolutely sure that the person who claims to be your relative is in fact who they say they are.  Ask them a question only they will know.  These con artists prey on the emotions loving and concerned relatives.

While it is regrettable that there are people who take advantage of persons who care about their loved ones, it is simply a fact of life today.  Please be on guard against this type of fraud.

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