CHESTERFIELD, MO (KMOX) There’s a warning for seniors today, and it comes from the Chesterfield Police Department.
Captain Steve Lewis tells KMOX that in the last couple of weeks, at least three seniors in Chesterfield have gotten calls from someone claiming to be a relative, usually a grandchild, who needs help, “When they say ‘hey it’s me your grandson’, the potential victim would say a name and they would say ‘yeah it’s me and I am in prison in Mexico and I need you to wire x amount of dollars to me to get me out of here.'”
Lewis says it’s a low-risk, high-reward scam for the callers, “They’ll call literally hundreds of people and even if one or two fall for it…”
He says the calls that have been received in Chesterfield recently have been at residences, “We don’t know how they’re identifying who they’re calling but they do typically tend to call the elderly.”
Lewis says if you get such a call, ask specific information that will help you identify the relative or have them hold and call the relative on another phone. He says whatever you do, do not give them vital information and do call the police.