(Gloucester Township, NJ)(May 21, 2020)--The Gloucester Township Police Department wants you to help keep your family safe from scams by staying informed. Here are some tips from the National Consumers League.
The victim is urged not to tell anyone, such as the parent of the “grandchild” because they do not want them to find out about the trouble they've gotten themselves into. The grandparent never hears from their fake grandchild again and is tricked out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
To detect and avoid the Grandparent Scam, NCL’s Fraud Center recommends the following tips:
Beware of any urgent solicitation of funds, especially if it is needed to pay for unexpected bills, such as bail money, lawyer’s fees, or doctor bills
Before sending funds, independently contact the relative (or parent of the relative) the scam artist is claiming to be (or represent) at a known phone number to verify the details of the story.
Scam artist’s payment method of choice is the wire transfer. Any urgent request to wire money should be treated suspiciously.
Be aware that fraudsters attempting the Grandparent Scam may call late at night to confuse potential victims.
Consumers who have been victims of this scam should immediately report it to local law enforcement, their state attorney general and NCL’s Fraud Center at Fraud.org.
Gloucester Township Police Department
1261 Chews Landing Rd
Gloucester Township, NJ 08021