Toledo Police were recently contacted by a victim of the “Grandparent Scam.” A Toledo grandparent had been contacted by phone and the caller (a scammer) told the grandparent that their grandchild had been arrested, needed ten thousand dollars in cash for bail, and was not allowed to talk on the phone.
The grandparent mailed the money BEFORE contacting the Toledo Police Department. Once notified, Toledo officers contacted FedEx and had the receiving address flagged so the money would not be delivered.
This week Toledo Police were able to return the ten thousand dollars to the grandparent. It was unclear if the package with the money was returned by an honest citizen at the residence, or if it was a result of FedEx flagging the residence as being used for scams. But again, the money got back to the grandparent.
Toledo Police say the everyone should remember a few safety tips to protect themselves from phone scams:
* First, police will never request cash be mailed, used to create gift cards, or money to be wired to them by Western Union.
* Secondly, always call your local police department if you are contacted by anyone stating they have arrested a family member and are requesting information or money from you.
* Finally, if you realize you are a victim of a phone scam contact your local police or sheriff’s department IMMEDIATELY.