Tonight: Atherton meeting on 'grandparent scam'


The Atherton Police Department is holding a Town Hall meeting Thursday (April 21) to discuss a phone scam that targets grandparents -- an operation known as the "grandparent scam" that's being played out all over the country but that recently has victimized several residents in town.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road, in the Town Center.

The scam involves a caller pretending to be a grandchild or a person of authority, such as an attorney or law enforcement officer. The grandparent is told that the grandchild is out of town, in some sort of predicament, and needs to have funds wired immediately.

On April 4, the police department issued a bulletin on its blog, saying: "In the past weeks, there have been several reports of residents receiving fraudulent calls seeking wired funds. Unfortunately, some of our residents have fallen prey to this scam."

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Posted by Maryann
a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

would like more information on Grandparents Scam as my mom living in SF was taken for several thousand dollars. SF Police took a report but did not investigate.

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