Bainbridge Police report 'granny scam' attempts on island

Flimflammers are trying to use the "granny scam" on Bainbridge Island, the Bainbridge Island Police Department said Monday.

Police said they have received several similar complaints about financial scams against older citizens. Swindlers have been trying to use the con job commonly called the "granny scam," where a person calls the victim and claims to be a grandchild who has gotten into some kind of legal predicament. Another person then gets on the line and claims to be an attorney, and asks the victim to wire money in order to help the grandchild. Sometimes the scammers use personal information to help convince the victim that the call is legitimate.

Bainbridge Police said the use of wire transfers and anonymous tactics makes it difficult to identify the suspects or recoup financial losses.

“Try to avoid letting your desire to help a loved one push you into doing something you aren’t sure of when involves money, and especially if it involves a wire transfer,” said Bainbridge Police Commander Sue Shultz.

“We urge you to contact the police if you have been a victim of this type of scam or if someone is pushing you for money. We need to be especially vigilant about making it difficult for criminals, especially those who target vulnerable members of the population,” she said.

Bainbridge Police will hold an educational outreach program on such scams and others on Monday, Oct. 22 at the Waterfront Park Community Center. Detectives will share their expertise and help educate seniors on ways to fight fraud.

For more information, contact the police at 206-842-5211.



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