Beware of phone scam targeting grandparents

WYOMING, MICH. - The Wyoming Department of Public Safety and the Metro Fraud Identity Theft Team have issued a warning to the public about a recent telephone scam that is targeting grandparents.

According to the police, there have been two reports of a man identifying himself as "Steven" telling elderly victims that their grandchild is incarcerated in a local jail or a jail in Florida. The suspect requests the victim to purchase gift cards from a national retailer and then give the suspect the security codes from the cards. 

The suspect states that the purchases will go towards funding attorney services so that the alleged grandchild in jail can be bonded out of jail.

In both cases, the suspect multiple card purchases in increments of $2,000. So far, the scam has resulted in the loss of more that $20,000.

The department advises the public that if they do receive calls such as these they should hang up on the caller.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616-530-7300 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer for WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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