March 10, 2010 > Money scam targeting grandparents
Money scam targeting grandparents
Submitted By Sergeant Daryl Sequeira, Milpitas PD
The Milpitas Police Department would like to warn its citizens regarding a recent trend originating from Canada. In this scam, seniors and grandparents receive a telephone call from a male caller impersonating their grandchild. The caller asks for the money to be sent to them, via Western Union, because they were arrested in Canada and need money for legal issues. The caller will ask their grandparents not to say anything or call anyone, but to just send the money.
Once the money is sent, it is discovered their grandchild was never in Canada or in trouble. Our citizens should never send funds to anyone after receiving such a call, until they can confirm that the circumstances are true. The Milpitas Police Department recommends you do everything possible to locate or call the grandchild allegedly in trouble, including contacting other family members to verify the story.
The Milpitas Police is recommending scrutiny of all telephone calls seeking funds be sent to help a family member in trouble here in the United States or abroad. If you have questions and/or concerns about a telephone call you received, please contact your local police agency for assistance.
Anyone with any information regarding scams occurring in Milpitas is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500, or online visit www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov and click police.