Police warn public about a 'grandson scam'

Police warn public about a 'grandson scam'

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, OH (WOIO) - The Willoughby Hills Police Department responded to a call for a 'grandson scam.' Police said a resident received a phone call from someone sounding like his grandson, the man said he was being held by the State Police in Alliance.

The phone was given to a different person who identified himself as Officer McDougal and said a cash bond was needed for his grandson to be released. Investigators said the resident told 'Officer McDougal' he would bring it personally to the police department but he was told the money had to be picked up by a courier service.

The alleged bond was $8,000, but was told he would allow his grandson to be released on a $5,000 cash bond. The resident thought something did not seem right and called a friend who told him not to give money to anyone.

Police said about two hours later a courier arrived at the home and requested the package. Investigators said the resident called the police, the police spoke to the courier.

WHPD called 'Officer McDougal', police said he had some not so nice words for the officers and hung up the phone. Investigators arrested the courier who was getting paid to pick the package up.

Police advised they will never send anyone to your house to collect money.

Here is what your supposed to do if this happens to you:

  • Get the name of the police department
  • Look the number up online
  • Call the police department to confirm the arrest
  • If something doesn't sound right then it is probably not right

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