SCAM ALERT: Wilmington Police Warn Of ‘Grandparent Scam’

Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Police Department:

WILMINGTON, MA — Over the past few weeks there has been a number of reports about a scam targeting the elderly throughout eastern Massachusetts.

In this scam, sometimes referred to as a Grandparent Scam, elders are targeted for financial exploitation. The target will receive a call from a person claiming to be their grandchild who is some sort of trouble and needs money immediately. From there an amount is agreed upon and a location is set up for the victim to give the bad guy the money. The calling party is very convincing and usually has done some research on you, so they may have some personal information to attempt to validate their claim.

If you receive a call that is similar to this, IMMEDIATELY hang up and call the Wilmington Police Department at 978-658-5071 to verify the information.

Please help us reduce this criminal activity by advising any of your family members or other elders in the community about this activity–so they don’t become the next victim.

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