A scam Fact Finders has warned you about many times before is back and targeting our senior citizens. A ninety four year old Omaha woman has been tricked into sending thirty two thousand dollars to a con artist pretending to be an Omaha police officer.
In a separate case a potential victim turns the tables on the crooks.
A caller claimed to be Liz's grandson. We are not using her last name to prevent more calls.
Liz says, " He said grandma, grandma and I said yes what the matter is." He claimed to be in a hit and run and needed 75-hundred dollars bail money but she knew it’s not true.
Liz says, "Grandkids all call me Grammy."
Liz isn't sending any money but Fact Finders asked Liz to call back the con-man and play along. Liz talks to scammer, "Where is my grandson located now? Scammer says He's at the police station in Omaha."
That would be police headquarters at 15th and Howard. Mike asks, "so you're at the Omaha police headquarters at 60th and L? That’s correct sir" answers the conman. But we know there's no police station in that area.
Omaha police officer Rick Belik is a real detective and he listens to the phony cop try to trick a victim into sending bail money for a grandson. Bilek says, " Like you did on there it’s perfect. If you know information to be incorrect, feed it to them you can tell how full of baloney they are."
Time to let the conman know he's being conned..Mike tells scammer " We know that this is scam...hang-up sound."
A hang-up and Liz says that's what she'll do if someone claiming to a cop calls again asking for a grandsons bail money
So here's how to keep from falling for the grandparents scam.
Remember police don't call to ask for money
If a caller claims to be a grandchild, ask those questions only the real ones would know.
And adult children should warn grandparents they might get a call from someone pretending to be a grandchild.