Grandparent Scam Resurfaces
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:19:47 EST
Michigan State Police from the Alpena Post are alerting the public that a scam known as the Grandparents Scam has been reported in the area.
They have received calls recently from residents who have been contacted by phone from someone claiming to be their grandchild. The caller claims to be in some type of trouble and that they need money sent due to an injury or being in jail. .
The caller begs the grandparent not to contact the child’s parents because they don't want additional trouble.
These scam callers convince the grandparents to send them money through prepaid cards, such as Green Dot Money cards or even gift cards. The caller then gets the card numbers and pin number from the gift card and automatically transfers the money almost immediately. Do not send anything to the caller.
If you receive such a call, contact the parent of your grandchild to make sure the call is false. If you receive another call after the initial call, tell the caller you know it is a scam and you have notified law enforcement.
This is a reoccurring scam not only in Alpena, but in other places as well.