Keep your ears open for scams coming in over the phone. The Lodi Police Department has received reports of telephone scammers posing as the victim's grandchild and asking for money to help them out of jail in Mexico or Canada.
The scammer will request wiring a sum of money to an unknown recipient, often asking the victim to not tell anyone else in the family. Concerned grandparents are quick to help out their loved ones.
But the money goes to a scammer. "We recommend that people do some checking to verify that the person in need is actually who they say they are prior to wiring any money," said Officer Chris Jacobson.
He recommends contacting other friends and family members to check the situation before sending money.