LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Laurel Police Department.
The Laurel Police Department would like to warn the public of a scam currently being attempted in our area.
The scam, commonly referred to as the grandparents scam, initiates through telephone contact between the scammer and an unsuspecting, generally elderly citizen.
The scammer will either speak in a low voice or act as if they have been crying during the conversation.
The scammer will say hey Grandma/Grandpa and ask if they know who is calling.
The citizen will then generally say the name of one of their grandchildren.
The scammer then acts as if he/she is the grandchild and inform the citizen that they are in jail or injured and desperately in need of money.
The citizen is then directed to purchase a preloaded green dot credit card in the amount requested.
Once the scammer gets the code from the back of the card, they drain the money.
The purpose of this release is to prevent citizens falling prey to the scam as it appears that they are currently calling numbers in our area.
For further information call LPD. As always, any persons with information about criminal activity may contact LPD or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.