GCPD asks citizens to protect themselves from scams

GLENWOOD CITY – “It seems that no one is immune from scammers these days. It has become very clear that scammers will do or say anything to get your money. In my 11 years here at GCPD, I have heard of hundreds of different tactics that scammers use. Some scams are very easy to spot while other scams may appear to be genuine offers or bargains. Scams have become so advanced that most require several hours of investigation just to learn they are not real,” shared Chief of Police Robert Darwin.

 One such scam is called the “Grandparents Scam,” which is described as follows:

An unexpected call or email is received from someone who claims to be a friend or relative. This often happens to grandparents with the caller claiming to be their grandson or granddaughter. The caller says there’s an emergency and asks you to send money immediately. But beware: there’s a good chance this is an imposter trying to steal your money.

– If you get a call like this, contact family members or your local law enforcement before sending any money or giving any personal information.

“The simple tips below will help you protect yourself and your family from scams. Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress. Follow the golden rules!” said Darwin.

• If it sounds too good to be true—it probably is.

• ALWAYS get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.

• NEVER send or wire money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

• Be cautious if you’re told you have won the lottery and beware of checks you were not expecting to receive.

• In the event you believe you might be involved in a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.