An elderly Frankfort resident recently received a telephone call from a stranger claiming to be her grandson, Frankfort Police say.
The Frankfort Police Department sent out a FREE Network email alert about the incident, which was reported on Jan. 24.
The woman told police that a young man called her home and impersonated her grandson. The unknown man told her that he and his friends were in another country and had been arrested for drug-related reasons. He said that they didn’t have any drugs, but needed bond money.
The man then asked her to transfer money to a foreign bank account.
The woman realized that she was being scammed, and did not conduct the transfer.
However, police say that the incident is alarming, because the scammer knew the woman’s name, address and the name of her grandson.
Police say that telephone scams are becoming increasingly common and caution Frankfort residents against ever giving out personal information over the phone. Residents with questions regarding the incident are encouraged to contact the Frankfort Police Department at 815-469-9435.
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