Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has received numerous reports of con artists targeting area seniors.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is reporting a phone scam that's targeting grandparents.
According to an OCSO post on its Facebook page, there have been numerous reports of area senior citizens receiving calls that go something like this:
Young Male Caller: “Grandpa, this is your oldest grandson.”
Mr. Jones: “Edward?”
Caller: “Yes, grandpa, I need some help.”
The call went on from there to ask for $15,000.
OCSO also has received information of other versions of this scam, such as callers claiming to be a “family member” who needs bond money, has had their wallet stolen, has gotten in trouble, or was in an accident.
The Sheriff's Office cautions to never give out information until you have confirmed who you are talking to. You need to immediately make a phone call confirming what you are being told is in fact a grandchild or family member truly in trouble or hurt.
Thankfully no money was lost in the latest reports, according to OCSO. However, the caller was able to easily obtain their grandchildren’s names and engage them in a conversation. The seniors were lucky; they were unable to send any money and they felt bad until they learned it was a scam.