Here’s how it works: someone calls you up and refers to you as “Grandma” or “Grandpa”. You respond by saying “is that you?” followed by your grandchild’s name…and they answer’s “yes, it’s me.”
Sergeant Norm Leong with the Sacramento Police Department says then they ask for your help.
“They’re asking for money in order to get out of jail and they’re asking that you not tell anyone so that the parents don’t find out. And then ask for that money to be sent to them via wire. Once the money is sent, it’s nearly impossible to track.”
Leong says police officers’ own family members were contacted by suspected scammers. That’s how they found out about the con.
He says you should always be cautious about giving any personal information over the phone. And if you have been a victim of a similar scam, police say you should contact them.