Law Enforcement agencies regularly receive reports of this activity, which has been dubbed "The Grandparent Scam." Callers pretend to be the grandchild, an attorney or other official, asking for money to be sent via wire transfer or mailed for bond money or medical treatment for their beloved relative to various locations including popular vacation destinations in other countries. Trumbull Police advise that it is highly unlikely that someone would be calling under these circumstances asking for money. If this happens residents should do the following:
Slow down, remain calm, get the callers information and tell them you'll call them back
Try to contact the grandchild or other relatives to confirm even if asked not to
Call the police agency involved for confirmation
Tell the caller you will have someone deliver the money in person
If still unable to confirm, contact your local police for assistance.