Medford Police warning of scams targeting the elderly

, Posted: Thu, May 8 2014 at 8:29 PM, Updated: Thu, May 8 2014 at 8:50 PM

Medford Police warning of scams targeting the elderly

Medford, Ore. -- Police are warning people about a scam that targets the elderly specifically grandparents.

It's even called the grandparent scam.

Police say criminals will find names of grandparents in a database call them up, disguise their voice, and claim to be their grandchild.

The specifics of what they say varies cases to case but it's usually that they're out of town and in jail and need money immediately.

Some good tips from Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau: "Always be wary when someone calls you and asks you to wire money for any reason and that's common sense but these scammers are good and sometimes have these elaborate stories that are very believable."

If you want to learn how to protect yourself from scams, NBC5 is hosting a 'Scam Jam' with several partners Tuesday, May 13th.

We have two sessions being held at our NBC5 studios here in downtown Medford. They begin at 9am and 1:30 pm and are free to the public!

You must register to attend either session you can do that by going to http://ScamJamOregon.com.

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