- Friday December 23rd, 2011 :: 02:33 p.m. EST
SCAM ALERT! Scammers pretend to be family member to get cash via wire from the elderly. Verify before sending cash.
An old scam has resurfaced again to get the elderly to send money via wire, such as Western Union.
The scam, consists of a person calling an elderly person in the US from Canada or other country claiming to be a family member who is in trouble or in need of cash. In one case, a "grandson" called his grandmother and told her that he needed bail money to get out of jail in Canada.
A series of phone calls and additional fees scam the victims of several hundred dollars before they realize that they are being scammed.
Warn family members and seniors not to share personal information with anyone over the phone. Be skeptical of any situation that requires the wiring of cash, especially to another country.
Report suspicious phone calls to police.
Yadkinville Police Department
209 E Hemlock St
Yadkinville, NC 27055