Stamford police spent several hours Monday convincing a resident that her grandson had not been arrested and she didn't need to pay money to help him.
The woman called the Stamford police Monday morning and told them she had removed $5,000 from her bank account after receiving a call from a "person" who claimed that her grandson had been arrested in New York and was in trouble, said Stamford police Sgt. Robert Shawinsky.
Police responded to the woman's home and found her standing in her doorway holding $5,000 in cash and very upset, Shawinsky said.
She told officers about the phone call and how her grandson was in trouble, he said.
Officers explained to the woman that the call was a scam and that her grandson didn't need the money.
"She was still very upset and didn't believe what our officers were telling her," he said. "She was so concerned for her grandson."
Officers investigated the matter and found no record that her grandson had been arrested and then called the woman's son and explained the matter to him.
"The son was able to speak with his mother over the phone and convince her the grandson was not in trouble," he added. "These types of scams that target seniors are everywhere. We even get calls from 'them' at the police department."
Police suggests children and caregivers inform their parents and grandparents of these types of scams and to always call and confirm that the person is actually in trouble before paying any money.
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