Treasure Lake, PA – An 81-year-old Treasure Lake man was scammed out of more than $2,000 recently with what’s known as “The Grandparent Scam.”
The man came to police on Friday, but there is likely no way of getting his money back.
He had received a phone call from someone claiming to be a public defender and was told that his grandson needed bail money after he had supposedly been involved in a crash that caused damage to municipal property.
The man was instructed to buy $2,100 worth of Google cards to use for the bail, which he did. He later found out that his grandson had never been in trouble and that it had been a scam.
What is the Grandparent Scam and how to avoid it
If someone you don’t know calls you and claims you need to send them money, gift cards, or personal information for any reason, be suspicious. If you have any doubts, you can always call your local police and check to see if it’s a possible scam.
It’s easier to fall for a scam than you might think. Picture this. You’re woken up by a late-night phone call by a person claiming to be one of your relatives, and they say they’re in deep trouble.
Your “relative” might say that they were arrested and need bail money.
If you end up giving up your credit card info, just like that, you’ve paid thousands of dollars to a scam artist.
They call it the Grandparent Scam because it generally preys upon older people and the scam artist will pretend to be a grandchild.
Amanda LeGars from the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging says it’s an especially upsetting scam because it preys on how much you care for your loved ones.
If you do get a phone call like this, try to call the person on their cell phone or home phone to see if they’re really in trouble or check with another family member.
And if you do end up becoming the victim of a scam, never be afraid or embarrassed to tell the police. They can start investigating your case, and the details you provide them can help make sure that other people don’t fall victim to the scam in the future.
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