The Findlay Police Department says it’s seeing an increase in calls to their dispatch center regarding grandparent scams.
In these scams, the intended victim gets a call from someone posing as his or her grandchild.
The person explains, in a frantic-sounding voice, that he or she is in trouble and that there’s been an accident, an arrest or a robbery and needs help.
They then ask for money and instruct the victim not to tell anyone because they’re embarrassed and don’t want anyone to know.
The police department is encouraging people to discuss the scam with their loved ones.
Since many grandparents may have multiple children and grandchildren, this scam can be easy to fall for and continues to be a problem.