November 21, 2014
Torrington Savings Bank has been made aware of a telephone scam that seems to be making a comeback as the holiday season is approaching. The scam consists of the perpetrator calling an individual, usually a senior citizen, and saying that a grandchild or other family member is in trouble in another country. Sometimes the scammer will pretend to be the grandchild or family member, or a lawyer or police officer calling on their behalf.
Examples of the scam are that the family member is in jail for a crime, they’ve been in an car accident or are in need of car repair. They then request that the victim wire money from a bank or from a wire service like MoneyGram or Western Union. Alternatively, they ask for credit card numbers and additional card information.
CNN has offered these tips to help protect yourself against this scam (http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/22/retirement/grandparent-scams/):
Please talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about this common scan. Be sure to use caution if you receive a call yourself and be sure to contact the proper authorities.