The Allegany County Office for the Aging received information Friday from the NYS Troopers Barracks in Amity about a variation of the “Grandmother Scam” which some Allegany County residents recently fell victim to.
An elderly couple received a call on the afternoon of Thursday, 7/14, from a man who claimed to be a police officer from a nearby town. The caller said their grandson had been stopped for a traffic violation and drugs were found in the car. The grandparents were told that the grandson would need $2,000 in bail and $4,000 in fines and do 8 hours of community service. They were instructed to get $6,000 in I-Tunes cards and call back with the serial numbers on the cards, which they did. They received another call Friday morning from the grandson’s “lawyer” who said the grandson had contact with the other defendant who was driving the vehicle, which he was not supposed to do, and they needed to get another $6,000 in I-Tunes cards and call back with the serial numbers, which they did again. The couple’s son was visiting when they received a third call. This time the son took the call, knew it was a scam, and hung up. The “officer” and “lawyer” had American accents, and the third caller had a foreign accent.
The best way to not fall for this kind of scam is to have a secret password that only your family would know so you can ensure that the call is valid. Please remember to NEVER give out any personal information or send money to anyone without verifying the information you are given. If you have been a victim of a scam, please call the Allegany County Office for the Aging at 585-268-9390 and we will do our best to help you.