The Nashua Police Department would like to warn the public about a local grand-parent scam which has surfaced in the area. The scam works on the general premise that a grand-child or loved one is in trouble with law enforcement, or involved in an automobile accident, and he or she require funds immediately. The scam artist will attempt to persuade the victim to mail cash or pre-paid debit cards to a particular location. They may even suggest someone will come to the home to pick up the cash. The public is urged to do the following to protect yourself and your assets.
Don’t act immediately. Resist the sense of urgency a scammer will create. Scammers rely on the emotional urge to help family and will exploit.
Call family and friends who have contact with the person who is allegedly in trouble. Very often the scammer will warn the victim not to call or tell anyone, this is red flag the person who called may not be legitimate.
Remember, you may think you know your loved one’s voice, but background noise, crying, bad connection claims, make it easy to misunderstand who you may be speaking with.
If the caller represents oneself as a Bail Bondsperson, ask where the loved one is being held and contact that facility directly. Ask what town/city/county law enforcement agency made the arrest and contact them directly. Explain the situation and confirm the story before taking any action. A reputable Bondsperson will be willing to meet with someone and walk them through the contract prior to money being exchanged.
Prior to a situation occurring it is recommended to set social media settings to private. This limits information available to scammers. Develop “secret codes”, passwords, or security questions only family members would know.
Never send cash through the mail. Never purchase pre-paid gift/debit cards for the purpose of transferring money.
Anyone who may have fallen victim to a grand-parent scam is asked to contact the Nashua Police Department at 603-594-3500, or the Nashua Police Crime Line at 603-589-1665.