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Grandparent Scam Reports & Reviews (26)

• May 11, 2020

Victim Location 44110
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

I received a call and it stated hello gram and not by grandma. The caller stated that he was in a car accident and the car that he hit was a pregnant lady and his voice was slow because of the accident. The grandson said please don't call anyone. I questioned him too much and they gave me a case number 220584-ww. The ww is my grandson's initial of his last name. After he gave me the case number I hung up. A man proceeded to call me back by the name of John Matthews and he sounded to be pretty intelligent. I hung up and called my children. I am a senior"

Victim Location 79602
Total money lost $4,500
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Got a phone call from Sgt. Frazier and was told i was not going to be able to speak to my grand daughter but I needed to send 4500 to make her bail with the bail bonds man in Florida. I was told that she was under a gag order by the court to not be able to speak to anyone. So i went to my bank and took out 4500 and sent a money order via UPS to my granddaughter at 1113 NE. 89th in Miami, Flordia.

Only after thinking to try and call my granddaughter, she actually picked up and told me that she was not going to court and had no idea what I was talking about.

Victim Location 83402
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

On 2/28/19 at 10:35 AM, I received a call from a young voiced male who claimed to be my grandson. He addressed me as grandma. That alone made me suspicious as I do not have any grandchildren (that I know about), My daughter-in-law has a son from her first marriage, whom I think highly of. This person first asked that his experience not be told to his parent. He said that he went to Wyoming to visit a friend dying from cancer and had dinner and a couple of drinks. He said he was in an auto accident and fractured his nose and the police were involved. I did tell him, "and I suppose you need some money?" He hemmed and hawed and I told him that I don't involve myself in family affairs and that he should contact his mother. I also told him that I don't even know if he is the person that he claims to be and that this might be a scam that's circulating. My daughter-in-law and my son were already visiting her son and family in another state. I called my son immediately after I had hung up the phone, and told my him about it. He said that his wife's aging step-father had also been receiving similar calls.

Victim Location 83605
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Received a phone call and they said "Hi Grandma, I broke my nose.." but first he went into this long story about saying he got invited to a wedding in the Dominican Republic and he went right down there and the people were friendly and so nice but he was in a car wreck just this morning and broke his nose and needed 3 stitches in his lip. I laughed and said, "you sound kind of different" He said it is not funny. I asked him to send a picture and he again said it is not funny. I asked him how long it took him to travel there and he said they flew out of Florida. I asked him what time it was there and was kind of stringing him along and he seemed to get tired of it and hung up but I knew at that point he was going to ask for money.

Victim Location 43016
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

My mother received a call from whom she believed to be my son Christopher. the caller stated he had been in accident and hit a pregnant woman while texting on his phone, he was arrested and his bond was set at 80,000 and he needed 10% which was 8,000 cash. the caller did not tell my mother what to do with the cash only that they would call back once she gathered the cash. My mother called me with the news so I called my daughter-in-law thinking that my son was in trouble, come to find out that he was at work and it was not him calling for bond money.

my concern is that my parents are senior citizens and panicked thinking that their grandson was in need. I want the news to get out so other older people don't get scammed. I will tell you that the caller sounded like my son, and knew about him. I warned my parents not to answer again if they call back and do not give any banking info or credit card numbers. also my parents number is listed. 

Victim Location 61065
Total money lost $8,000
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Grand daughter called and said she was in a car accident and in jail for reckless driving, said she was hurt with stiches in her mouth and the police found something in her car so don't tell anyone. So called lawyer got on the phone and said to send cash money ($8000) overnight to bail her out of jail.

Called Fed ex to stop the package. Fed ex told us the package would not be delivered. Fe ex delivered the package with money anyway.

Victim Location 30805
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Received a phone call from someone pretending to be my grandson. He said he had a cold. At that time someone pretending to be a lawyer got on the phone and said my grandson had been in a bad accident with injuries and would be placed in jail unless we paid an $8000 bond. We called our grandson and he was at work and was not sick.My husband called the number back and said we were not going to pay.

Victim Location 63119
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

called and said Grandpa? Then claimed to be my grandson. I have no son or grandson. I have received several of these calls.

Victim Location 31901
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Received a call from a young man claiming to be grandson. He said he had been in an accident and was being arrested and needed bail money. Told him that I was going to report him to the BBB. He hung up.

Victim Location 96816
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

I got a call stating that my grandson was in jail and that I had to pay $30,000 for bail by Western Union. I knew it was a scam.

Victim Location 54107
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

I received a call from someone claiming to be my granddaughter. I have had this happen before and hung up.

Victim Location 35601
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Said she was my granddaughter. She knew my granddaughters and what my granddaughter called me. Said she was in an accident and got arrested for having alcohol in the car. She cried and seemed like it could really by my granddaughter. She said an attorney was going to call me and tell me how much money she needed to send to get her out of jail. They made it sound so real. The "attorney" called from the 850 number. Wanted $1,189 for bail bondsman. Before I went in the bank to get money I called every family member trying to verify where my granddaughter was and finally talked to her, so didn't send money. They gave me a wiring # of LA941.

Victim Location 43138
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

My 80 year old mother in law, got a phone call from Juan, a lawyer involved with my grandson who was in an accident. And there was a funeral. Why haven't you sent the money yet. We told him that we reported him to police and attorney general.The caller spoofed the number of the person they had called prior to the call to her. He said my grandson was in the Dominican Republic. He had an Indian accent.

Victim Location 43140
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

I am 87 years old. I got a call from someone pretending to be my grandson. He'd been partying and got in an accident. My grandson rear ended the car in front of him. They said he was drunk driving, and tested .086. They said since it was such a small amount, it wasn't the cause of the accident, but the rental car insurance needed $4500 to release him from jail. They asked if I could help him. I said yes. They said I would need to talk to their attorney. Which I did. I said I would have to check on it. They asked me to call them back at 250-609-2188.

Victim Location 96744
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

I got a call that my "oldest grandson" was in jail and needed bail money.  I informed the caller that I did not have any grandsons and then they hung up.

Victim Location 54113
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Received a call saying that our Grandson was in an accident in MN and needed money to get back to FL where he lived. He said he was in MN for a funeral and had to get back right away. He was to be in jail and wanted to know if we could help him out as he didn't have enough money to get back to FL. I thought it sounded like my grandson, but my wife did not. My wife got on the phone and he asked for money and she told him no, that we did not have the funds. He was taken aback and just hung up.

Victim Location 31030
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Received call asking for grandma (my wife). Person claimed to be my grandson who went to visit a friend in Cleveland, OH. Said that he was in a car accident and was arrested. I do not have a grandson by the name that he said. Told him to call his mother and he said he cant because he was too ashamed. He wanted money from me to get out of jail.

Victim Location 31088
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

"My Grandchild" called me from the Dominican Republic. He was in the DR for a wedding, and was riding with a female that was speeding and was pulled over. The female had pot, and everyone was arrested. Apparently "my Grandson" was arrested to and was calling from police station. The sergeant got on the phone and advised the money was to be wired via Western Union, before going before the judge. When I advised that I would have to discuss this with someone, the sergeant advised me to not speak with anyone that it was illegal.

Victim Location 31029
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

My elderly mother was contacted on her home phone, caller ids number is 000-000-0000-states they were her grandson and she spoke to them for a few minutes, didnt quiet recognize the voice, asked if it was her grandson, the male voice said no but he was lucky to have a grandmother and hung up. My mother is certain she said "yes" and "ok" during this phone conversation.

Victim Location 45248
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

I received a call last week from a gentleman claiming to be my grandson. He called me Grandma and he does not call me when he speaks to me. He calls me another name. I also knew was in Spain at the time. He stated he was in a accident. He was difficult to understand because of the injuries but he was at the police station. He gave me a case number stating I would be getting a within a half hour. The next call was from a female (she did not have foreign accent). Can you give me Evan's full name? I said "no". I asked if his father knew and they said no .... no... no... don't say anything to the father. I understand this is a scam but I did want to warn others this is going on.

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