THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Area Couple Is Taken By Scam
Issue Date: July 17, 2013
Peshtigo Police Chief Kent Kline warns the public that a scam in the city occurred Tuesday, July 16 and targeted grandparents.
The basic idea of the scam is the suspect will gather any information about you and your family. They will call and say your grandchild (they will use his/her name) is in custody (usually in some foreign country) and will ask you to send some money, typically Western Union or WalMart money gram, to help with legal fees or to post bail. Sometimes they will have a person posing as your grandchild talk to you on the phone. They will keep the conversation short and attempt to keep you from asking too many questions. They will ask you not to tell their parents or something to that affect.
Contact the Peshtigo Police Department at 715-582-4511.
If one of your family members is traveling, this scam becomes even more believable. Always attempt to confirm or make contact with the family member in question. If you are a grandparent, check with the parents to see if the grandchild is in fact out of the country, etc.
These scammers are very good at creating a sense of urgency to try and prevent you from taking the time to confirm the claims that your family member is in custody. If you refuse to send money some scammers will resort to threats to try and intimidate you into sending money. Do not fall for this scam.