Updated: 12/09/2013 6:18 PM
Created: 12/09/2013 5:47 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
There is a telephone scam targeting senior citizens with grandchildren, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Callers pose as grandchildren who have gotten into trouble while traveling and need money wired to them immediately. The amount of money asked for has ranged from $2,500 to almost $9,000 for instances such as car accidents, duty tax issues and bail money. The suspects have a second party standing by to pose as a bail bondsman or government official in case they are questioned by the victim.
The suspects often plead with the grandparents not to tell the parents out of embarrassment or fear of punishment. They prey on the love and generosity that the grandparents feel for their grandchildren.
The police offer these tips to ward off scammers:
If you receive a fraudulent phone call, try to trace the number. You can initiate a trace by dialing *57 after you hang up. File a complaint with the police immediately.