New London police: Grandparents being targeted in new scam

New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London police are warning the elderly that they are being targeted.

It’s called the “grandparents scam” and it’s going after seniors and their money. A caller tells them that one of their grandchildren or another family member is in trouble with the law and money is needed to retain an attorney.

Police say the suspects are even sending so-called “couriers” to victims’ houses to collect cash. Previous versions of the scam asked for money transfers or gift cards as payments.

The Consumer Federation of America has some tips for you in this situation. On a phone call, ask questions that would be hard for an imposter to answer, like the name of a pet, for example. You can try to contact the person allegedly in trouble or contact someone who knows them. If you have any doubts, do not send or hand over any money.

Spread the word about all of this. Make sure the elderly people in your life are aware of this scam and do not fall for it.

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