East Pikeland Police are warning residents about a scam that police say cost a township grandmother $1,000.
According to a press release from East Pikeland police the woman "received a phone call from a man who stated that he had her
grandson in custody in Ecuador and he needed $1000.00 to be able to
Police say the scammers even "put a boy or someone on the
phone that sounded like her grandson who asked her to send the money
and not tell his parents about the call. He would explain when he got
Police say the victim, whose name is not being released, "had already sent the money by the time she discovered
that her grandson was not in Ecuador, but home
safe and sound."
Police issued the following alert/request to raise public awareness to scams like this: "Please do not send money to anyone that you do not know
and make sure the request is legitimate before sending any money. If
you are not sure or need assistance please call your local police
department to assist you."