Old phone scam makes a comeback


June 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An old scam is making a comeback. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is making the public aware of a scam that is currently going around in our area.

The scam involves a person who — in most cases — calls, claiming to be a grandchild or another relative. The individuals claims they are in jail and need money.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone receiving a call of that nature to be extremely suspicious, and to ask questions of the caller, that only your grandchild or other relative would know the answers to.

In addition, before offering any financial help or information, you should to attempt to contact your grandchild or other relative yourself, to verify the story being told to you. You may recall, a year or so ago, we told you an area resident received a similar call from a person claiming to be a man’s grandson who was in jail in Canada.

When the resident asked the caller a question only his grandson could answer, the person on the other end of the phone became upset and eventually hung-up. The man later called his grandson to confirm he was NOT in trouble with the law.