CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Officials with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, otherwise known as LCSO, are advising the public to be on the lookout for “The Grandparent Scam.”
According to tot he LCSO, this is how the grandparent scam typically plays out:
You get a call from someone pretending to be your grandchild. The person explains that he or she is in trouble, or has been in an accident and is in jail, in the hospital or stuck in a foreign country. Often the caller tells you that a third person, such as a lawyer, doctor or police officer, will “explain everything to you” if you call him or her. Then the caller asks you to send or wire money.Laramie County Sheriff’s Office
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Law enforcement says that scammers can make the phone number they’re calling from show up on your caller ID as any number they choose.
“Last week the Ocean County, New Jersey Sheriff’s Office received over a hundred calls in a day where scammers had used their agency’s phone number,” the LCSO went on to say.
Authorities are advising residents that if they become e a victim of a grandparent scam or another form of fraud, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.