New Tactic Used In Grandparent Scam
You've heard of the "Grandparent Scam" before. An elderly resident receives a phone call stating that a family member is in trouble. The caller will then either pose as a bail bondsman or a lawyer and ask for money to help get the relative out of trouble. Typically the scammer instructs the victim to wire money or purchase large amounts of gift cards - often totaling thousands of dollars. A new tactic we have recently learned about is the use of a "courier." The scammer informs the victim that a courier will stop by their home to pick up the money. In these scams, the money is typically wired, or gift card numbers are provided over the phone or internet. This is the first time we are seeing someone show up at a victim's home for payment.
Please discuss these scams with your elderly family members, neighbors, and loved ones. Instruct them to resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is. Tell them to verify the story with someone else in their family or circle of friends, even if they've been told to keep it a secret.
There are a lot of scams out there! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Lt. Dan Minton of our Crime Prevention Unit at (617) 745-5719 or firstname.lastname@example.org