Yorktown warns public of 'Grandparent Scam'

Yorktown police have joined forces with the town's Chamber of Commerce to encourage store managers to educate employees on the warning signs of the "Grandparent

Police say they have seen an uptick of scammers impersonating a senior's grandchild, on the phone or over e-mail, say they're in trouble and need money.

Police say they have seen an uptick of scammers impersonating a senior's grandchild, on the phone or over e-mail, say they're in trouble and need money. (12/22/16)

YORKTOWN - Yorktown police have joined forces with the town's Chamber of Commerce to encourage store managers to educate employees on the warning signs of the "Grandparent Scam."

Police say it's called the “Grandparent Scam” because its targets tend to be some of society’s most vulnerable-- the elderly. Scammers impersonating a senior's grandchild, on the phone or over email, say they're in trouble and need money. The crook encourages the victim to go to their local supermarket or pharmacy and send a money transfer.

"We're just seeing these scams too much, many people being hurt financially. One, they're getting the fear of God put into him and number two, they're out the money," says Police Chief Robert Noble.

Yorktown police say they're seeing more and more of the scams during the holidays, so they made rounds at stores Thursday to make sure managers are aware of the warning signs.

Noble says there are key questions employees should ask their customers if it seems fishy, including if the wire transfer is being done under duress or if they are being told they need the money for bail, kidnapping or an auto accident.

The chief says consumers need to be careful about what they do on the web as well.

"A lot of people seem to want to post where they are at all times, you're leaving yourself open to these types of scams," he says.

Noble says anyone who thinks they know a victim of the scam should immediately contact a local police department.

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Yorktown Police : (914) 962-4141

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