Bay Village Police have teamed with law enforcement in New York City as well as Homeland Security in the arrest of a suspect who allegedly scammed an elderly resident out of more than $20,000 in a ‘Grandparent Scam.”
On May 28, Bay Village Police took a Fraud report from an elderly female resident who had fallen victim to the “Grand Parent” Scam. This scam involves a con-artist who calls pretending to be law enforcement. They tell the victim that their grandchild is in trouble (arrested) and needs bond money etc. to be released. If this works, the perpetrator will call back and demand more money for a different reason. Unfortunately, this victim sent over $20,000 to try and help her grandson before seeking help from local police.
After an investigation, Bay Village Detectives, working with authorities in New York and with Homeland Security were able to make an arrest of male in Nassau County, New York. The case is still pending and it is unknown how much restitution will be made. In all, these scams are a multi-billion dollar industry for organized crime.
Bay Village Police encourage residents, especially the elderly, to report all instances of fraud or attempted fraud. Further, never give out personal information to anyone over the phone or internet unless it is a trusted source.