09 November 2020
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander


  
 
PRESS RELEASE
 

Troop A- Grandparent scam announcement

The NYSP is warning the public on a recent increase of phone scams to elderly citizens. This scam includes a few different scenarios:

   *The caller claiming to be a family member to have an illness or was arrested. This caller will put urgency on helping them and not to contact other family.
   *The caller claims to be a law enforcement official with a family member under arrest demanding bail or funds for them.

**Police agencies do not contact family for bail money**

The caller in both scenarios will advise the victim to get a specific amount of money and buy gift cards from popular stores such as Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Target and other big retail stores. The victim is told to call a number and read off the gift card identification number.

If you receive a call you believe to be a scam:

            *Resist the urge to act immediately- no matter how dramatic the story is.

            *Verify the caller’s identity- Ask questions that a Stanger couldn’t answer. Check with a family member to see if the information is true.

            *Don’t send cash, gift cards or money transfers- once the scammer gets the money, it’s gone!

If you have parents or elderly people in your family, take the time to explain this scam to them.

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