It's A Scam, Warns Holmdel PD
Grandchildren asking you to wire money to Mexico is a red flag, say police.
A message from the Holmdel Police Dept.
Holmdel Police say that on Thursday, a female resident got a phone call from someone claiming to be her grandson. The "grandson" had gotten into trouble in Mexico during spring break. He had crashed a car while driving drunk, and needed money to pay bail, he told her. She should expect a call from the US Embassy.
The phone then rang from someone claiming to work at the US Embassy. He told the Holmdel woman to wire $3,000 by Western Union to pay the bail.
The woman was suspicious and called her son, who confirmed that her grandson was not in Mexico and was fine. The woman did not send any money and came to the Police Department to report the incident.
This particular grandchild-urgently-needing-money scam continues to circulate, police said. The elderly are often targeted.
The Holmdel Police Detective Bureau is investigating.