Friday, December 23, 2011

A New Twist On An Old Scam

Unfortunately, telephone scams that prey upon the elderly are not something new. However, I recently received information regarding an elderly female who was contacted in just this manner, but with a new twist.

In this case, the elderly female was called by someone who identified himself as a police officer. The caller told her that her grandson was arrested and required a $3000 bond to be posted for his release. She was told the bond needed to be paid by way of a wire transfer. Thankfully, she became suspicious and decided to verify the callers request before acting on it. She found out her grandson was not in custody of any kind and was safe at home.

In Overland Park, bonds must be paid in person. They cannot be paid by wire transfer or phone. If you suspect a call is suspicious, contact your local police department. They will be able to help you verify the correct agency and bonding procedures for your situation.