The Watertown Police Department warns that a scam targeting older residents has been reported recently, and asks residents to alert family, friends and neighbors.
The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Police Department:
Elderly Scam Advisory
Important Information!!! REQUESTING YOUR ASSISTANCE
There is currently a group of individuals targeting senior citizens by way of a telephone scam in our community as well as several Metro-Boston cities and towns. An unidentified person will telephone an unsuspecting elder and say that the elder’s grandchild is currently in jail due to some prior event.
The unknown suspect will say that they are a lawyer representing the
“grandchild” and request the elder to obtain an amount of money to bail the “grandchild” out of jail. This is referred to as the “grandchild in jail scam”. Usually the money request is in the tens of thousands of dollars. After the elder obtains the cash, the “lawyer” will send a “courier” to the
elder’s home to collect the cash. The “courier” will then arrive at the elder’s home, usually in a vehicle and take the money.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please inform your family, friends, and neighbors of this scam.
Speak to your elderly parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. and make sure they are aware and understand.
Explain to people, that a lawyer, the police, a bail bonds person, court personnel, the District Attorney, will NEVER call you to obtain money to get someone out of jail.
VERY IMPORTANT … If you or someone you know receives this scam call, PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY AND LET US KNOW. Even if you are not sure, call us!!!
As a practice, never give money or credit card numbers to anyone calling on the phone, if you are not sure what to do, please call us, we are always available to help.