Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 25, 2013

Police warn grandparents about phone scams


Associated Press

VERSAILLES, Ind. (AP) — State police say Indiana residents with grandchildren should be wary of an old telephone scam that has resurfaced.

Sgt. Noel Houze says a couple in southeastern Indiana's Ripley County recently received a call from a woman who identified herself as their granddaughter and claimed to need bail money to get out of a jail in Canada.

The couple wired her $2,000, and the woman called again asking for more cash. They then learned their real granddaughter was at home.

Houze says anyone who receives such a call should write down the phone number if they have caller ID, ask questions only their real grandchild could answer, and call their child. They shouldn't wire any money.