Warning for grandparents: Jefferson Co. deputies say scam exploits seniors

Warning about grandparent scam

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County deputies are sending a strong warning to grandparents.

“We are actually working with the FBI on this because this is major. I don’t know about you, but 14,15,16 thousand dollars is a lot of Money,” said SGT. Joni Money with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said there is a new scam where a person calls a grandparent pretending to be a grandchild. The “grandchild” tells their grandparent that they have been in an accident and/or they are in jail and need bond money.

The thieves will then tell the grandparent that an attorney will call them to pick up the money. The grandparent meets with the supposed “attorney” and gives them the requested cash.

Later the grandparent finds out that their grandchild is fine and has not been in jail or in an accident.

“They are giving them some detailed stuff, that people that are not normally in trouble are not going to know,” said Money.

Deputies said one of the cash exchanges was caught on video on September 9, 2020 at the Flying J in McCalla.

The suspect met the victim and took $14,000 in cash and left the scene. The vehicle in this instance was possibly a black SUV with dark tinted windows.

In another successful scam, the victim turned over $16,000 to the suspect. There may be other victims who have not called to file a report.

Deputies said, “This is a despicable attack on the love grandparents have for their grandchildren and we will not tolerate this.”

Investigators have some advice if someone contacts you.

“If somebody calls you, ask a lot of questions, the more questions you ask the more they are going to hang up and move on,” said Money.

If you receive a call like this please call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450.

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