- Tuesday July 3rd, 2012 :: 01:31 p.m. PDT
BHPD is warning the public of recent reports of telephone scam artists targeting the elderly.
The Beverly Hills Police Department is warning the public of recent reports of telephone scam artists targeting the elderly. The scammers’ basic tactic is to pose as a grandchild and let the unsuspecting grandparent fill in the blanks. For example, the scam caller might say, “It’s me, your favorite grandchild,” to which the grandparent will guess the name of the grandchild it sounds the most like, and then the call proceeds from there. The scammers have also claimed to be a nephew or niece. The scammers will tell their intended victims they have been in an accident and are in jail. The scammers will request the emergency money be sent via Western Union or MoneyGram. The money is required to free them from the jail.
While many seniors have reported the scam without falling prey to it, unfortunately, many others have been victimized. Anyone receiving a call requesting “emergency money” should take the time to contact other family members to verify if there is relative in trouble.
Beverly Hills Police Department
464 N. Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210