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GRPD Warn of 'Grand-Kid Bail' Scam

Don't be fooled by the 'Mexican timeshare' scheme either, police say

The are warning that seniors be alert when individuals posing as their grandchildren call for money.

According to a message sent by police, there are been reports of a "grand-kit bail" scam in which a senior is contacted by a young person posing as their grandchild who say they've been arrested in a foreign country while traveling. Police say the connection is usually weak and the voice stressed, which convinces the senior there is trouble and wires 'bail money'.

In a separate scam also reported to the GRPD, police warn of a timeshare company called "Tribal Events and Services" modifying the 'Mexican timeshare tax scheme.' In this scheme, police say thieves attempt to collect fake closing costs and government taxes from timeshare owners, particularly those considering selling their timeshare.

"As a general rule, the GRPD urges residents to confirm requests for money or offers, especially offers too good to be true," police said. "If in doubt, a simple Google search or a call to the local police can often prevent you from becoming a victim of these types of scams."

RdgwdGRock February 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
surprising that people would fall for this. one thinks that the grandparents would know the voice of a grandchild
Ken F. February 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
My father almost fell for it. He told me the whole story and how he was soooo close to actually sending the money before he figured out it was a scam. The guy on the phone explained his voice being different because the police beat him up and he thought his nose was broken.The elderly are not always of sound mind enough to figure these things out and that's what these guys bank on. Please alert any elderly folks of this scam.

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