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.

Kathy April 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM
My mom also received a call Thursday supposedly from her grandson, my nephew. I answered the phone and new it wasn't my nephew's voice and was the scam I had read about some time ago. The caller called himself by my nephew's first name, he had my mother's last name and my sister's first name. When I questioned him what his last name was he gave my mother's last name not my nephew's. I didn't let it go any further and hung up the phone. When I did *69 the number came up as 760-705-8888. I Googled it and it is a generic Google Chat Phone # that all google chat users are asssigned that have Gmail. I also have received, over several months, calls from a man with an accent telling me my computer has a virus that he can fix. I finally told him I no longer have a computer and he hung up.
Michael Dwells April 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I'm glad the woman did not fall for the scam. She must have realized it was not her grandson right away. Could be with the caller's voice, or how he talked or could be that he used words or phrases he never used before and that made the whole call suspicious. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. From http://www.callercenter.com alone. most victims to this scam admitted they were usually cautious with anonymous calls but as soon as they heard it was their "grandchild" on the other end, they panicked and wanted to help right away. Scammers can be very convincing that victims often react the way these scammers expected. It's just sad that there are scammers out there who can easily take advantage of the love and concern grandparents have for their grandchildren. I think it's about time the government raises the penalty for such crime.


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