Sunday, February 3, 2013

Grandparent Telephone Scams Net $3000 in Prescott Case

On January 28, 2013, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies met with a female victim at her Prescott, Arizona, area home regarding the “Grandparent” telephone scam. The victim told deputies that a few days prior she received a phone call from someone who identified himself by name as her grandson. She noted that the voice sounded like her grandson. Her “grandson” explained that he was arrested while on spring break and needed bail money. Another voice then came on the phone with instructions to secure her “grandson’s” release. This man identified himself as William Reid and explained that he was part of the court system in the nation of Trinidad and Tobago (an island off the coast of Venezuela) and directed her to wire $1505 to a specific address in his country.