Sheriffs warn senior citizens of scam aimed at their
A Castaic woman is the latest victim of the “Grandma Scam,”
losing nearly $5,000 to a con man.
The man called the grandmother and claimed to be her
grandson. He told her he rented a car without the insurance and was in
a car accident. The money was needed to pay for the repair of the car.
The same man called back the next day asking the
unsuspecting women to send additional money for his friend who was driving the
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station says that these scams
“can range from simple requests to elaborate claims, schemes, and scams.”
Sheriff's are advising all residents to avoid falling victim
to these types of scams by following a few simple guidelines:
wary of appeals that tug at your heart strings, especially pleas involving
a loved one in trouble.
specific questions and obtain addresses and telephone numbers – Then
leery of anyone asking you to immediately transfer money.
- Do not
provide any credit, bank or other personal information until you have
verified the caller's claim.
- Call a
family member or local authorities immediately.