HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Police say grandparents fell victim to a phone scam after receiving a call from someone claiming to be their grandson in need of money.
On Jan. 6, police were informed of a scam where grandparents were scammed out of $850, police said.
According to police, the grandparents received a call on Wednesday morning from a man who identified himself as their “grandson.” The person on the phone said that he was arrested for getting into a car accident and needed $850 for lawyer fees.
A man then took the phone and identified himself as “their grandsons” lawyer, police said.
The “grandson” told his grandparents not to tell anyone in the family what happened to him and that he was asking for money, police said.
The grandparents sent the money on Thursday to an address in Miami, Florida, police said.
After the grandparents talked to a relative, they realized it was a scam, police said.
Police offer some tips to avoid being a victim to the Grandparent Scam:
- Beware of any urgent solicitation of funds, especially if it is needed to pay for unexpected bills, such as bail money, lawyer’s fees, or doctor bills.
- Before sending funds, independently contact the relative (or parent of the relative) the scam artist is claiming to be (or represent) at a known phone number to verify the details of the story.
- Scam artist’s payment method of choice is the wire transfer. Any urgent request to wire money should be treated suspiciously.
- Be aware that fraudsters attempting the Grandparent Scam may call late at night to confuse potential victims.
- People who have been victims of this scam should immediately report it to local law enforcement.