The Lake Havasu City Police Department wants to remind the public to be vigilant in avoiding becoming a victim to reoccurring scams that reach across the country every day. A scam that continues to resurface periodically is the “Grandparent Scam.” In this scam a grandparent gets a call from a suspect pretending to be their “grandchild” and tells them that they have been either arrested or in a vehicle accident, most often in another country, and they need money wired to them quickly.
Advice to avoid being victimized:
• Resist the pressure to act quickly.
• Try to contact your grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
• Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail. Especially overseas. Wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you can’t get it back.
Precautions to take to avoid being victimized by other scams:
• When in doubt, don’t give personal information out, regardless of what they say. No legitimate organization, including Medicare, will call to ask for your bank account number or Social Security number.
• Keep your financial information to yourself. Do not give out credit card, checking or savings account information to anyone who calls you, as it is not difficult for someone with this data to draft money from your account.
• Don’t rely on caller ID. Some seniors report that their caller ID system indicated a local number when they received one of these scam calls. Remember, criminals often scramble the number appearing on your caller ID with “spoofing” technology that tricks your caller ID system into displaying a fake number.
• Report suspicious activity. Check out an unknown company before you sign up, especially if they do business over the phone. If a caller seems suspicious, hang up and report the matter to the Attorney General’s Office or your local police department.
• Ask the sales agent to send you information about their product or services. Legitimate companies are often happy to mail you a pamphlet or brochure about what they sell.
• Place your name on the Do Not Call List – you can do this by visiting the National Do Not Call Registry.
• Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Lake Havasu City residents are strongly encouraged to never provide personal information or send money to anyone they do not know unless you have initiated the contact or verified the recipient.
Information on crime trends can be found at the Lake Havasu City Police Department’s website www.lhcpd.com. Citizens can also obtain additional information by visiting the Attorney General’s Website at www.azag.gov.