Southbury police warn of “grandparent” scams
Southbury Police are helping to spread the word about a scam targeting elderly residents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and could be making its way to Connecticut.
Numerous law enforcement agencies in the area have reported “grandparent” scams over the past few weeks, scamming older residents out of thousands of dollars, police said.
Scammers are calling, saying a family member was arrested and needs bail money, usually out of state. In some instances, suspects have identified themselves with true names of local police officers to gain credibility. Although this is a common scam, the suspects in the recent cases tell victims that they will send a courier to pick up the money at the victim’s residence or at a location nearby, police said.
Some victims gave several incremental drops to the suspects, who have gotten more than $100,000 so far from the victims.
Phone numbers provided by suspects have not returned any credible information, police said.
Southbury Police Department has investigated similar scams in the past and is reminding residents of ways to protect themselves and spot the scam.
The department said no law enforcement agency will send a courier to a residence for bond money, nor ask people to purchase gift cards that they can redeem over the phone to bond someone out. The only way to bond a person who has been arrested out is to do so in person at the police department.
Anyone who receives a similar request to this scam is asked to call the police.