Fraud Alert

A message from Police Chief, Tom Hanley: 

Fraud Alert

“Grandparents” Scam

Recently we have seen an increase in the “grandparents” scam for which some in our area have been victimized.  The method used by scammers is consistent across these cases, but they differ from typical grandparent fraud schemes in that the scammers are picking up the money in cash at the victims’ residences.

The scammers contact the victim and claim that a family member is in some sort of predicament- in jail and in need of cash to bail them out;  to settle an accident they were involved in, or in some other situation needing immediate cash to settle the matter. In some cases, a second person gets on the phone and poses as the family member’s lawyer to emphasize the seriousness of the predicament the family member finds themself in. The victim is told to obtain the money in cash, and an individual claiming to be a bondsman then arrives at the victim’s residence to pick up the money. In some of these cases, the person posing as a bondsman is female, in others, they are male.

PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THIS! – REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM. THIS- IS- A -SCAM!

Cumulatively, the perpetrators have scammed victims of over $100,000 in Vermont in less than two weeks. We all care about the welfare of our grandkids and other relations and want to help.  But what can you do when contacted like this?

In Middlebury, call the Middlebury Police at 802-388-3191.  We will investigate the claim before you suffer a loss.