The Indiana State Police is warning the public about a phone scam targeting
Scammers call grandparents pretending to be their grandchildren. They say
they’re in trouble--usually in trouble in Canada--and are in need of an
immediate wire of cash. The “trouble” ranges from being arrest to being hurt
in a car crash.
The caller is quick to ask grandparents not to call mom and dad and
let them know, so investigators warn would-be victims to always call
relatives first to check up on the situation--even when the caller tells you
Remember, never wire money without verifying the situation with
relatives. In addition, never release personal information like dates
of birth, Social Security numbers, or bank account numbers over the phone.
Victims have lost funds ranging from the hundreds to thousands of dollars to
If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, let it go to voicemail.
If the caller doesn’t leave a message, it was probably a scam call generated
by computerized automatic dialer set to dial thousands of numbers, looking
for a victim who will answer and believe their phone story. If you feel
you’ve been a victim, the FBI website for filing a complaint is