Southern Tier Seniors Again Targeted by Scammers
Authorities are warning residents the grandparent scam is back.
New York State Police and Cortland County Sheriffs are both reporting residents getting calls from criminals claiming to be a family member in trouble.
Typically, a person gets a call from someone who claims to be a family member, sometimes using personal information they found online to make their appeal sound more convincing.
State Police say the reports they are getting are about callers pretending to be a police or court officer saying a grandson had been stopped by police and found to be in possession of drugs and arrested. The criminal urges the victim to put a large amount of money in a box outside their house to be picked up by a courier service or an officer and not to tell anyone.
In Cortland County, Sheriff’s officials say the caller has been also indicating a relative in legal trouble and directing the victim to send money or gift card information to a specific address.
People should never give out personal information, know law enforcement officials will not call you. Hang up and contact the authorities.