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STATE SENATOR

Marilyn Moore

Honesty & Integrity

Protecting Seniors from Scammers

Scam artists love preying on the elderly, because they see them as vulnerable and willing to part with their money. I want you to know about one scam in particular called "The Grandparent Scheme” that has recently affected members of our community.

Local police regularly receive reports of "The Grandparent Scheme,” in which callers pretend to be a person’s grandchild, an attorney or another official, and ask for money to be sent via a wire transfer or mail to pay for jail bond or medical treatments.

Earlier in June, an elderly Trumbull man almost lost $8,500 after scammers called him claiming to be police officers from Boston and convinced him that his grandson had been arrested. The scammers told the man to send bond money through the mail to an address in Boston, and he did so willingly.

Shortly afterward, the grandfather learned through a family member that this grandson had not been arrested and realized he had been scammed. Fortunately for him, Trumbull police got in touch with the U.S. Postal Service in Boston and were able to intercept the bond money in the mail, preventing his money from being lost.

If you suspect that you or someone you know, is being scammed, police suggest that you slow down, remain calm, get the caller's information and tell them you'll call them back. Try to get in touch with the grandchild or other relatives to confirm the story, and call the police agency involved to get confirmation. Tell the caller you will have someone deliver the money in person. If you are still unable to confirm, contact your local police for assistance.

Even if you know it's scam and hang up, it’s important that these incidents are reported to police so scammers can be stopped for good.

Together, we can help protect seniors and others in our community from being scammed.
 

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