Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Western Union Scam

Be aware that there has been an increase in activity with the Grandparent Scam with money transfers to Canada. Fraudsters are calling grandparents and impersonating either their grandchildren or a person of authority such as a law enforcement officer or an attorney. The person describes an emergency situation such as bail, fines, fees, etc. which requires money to be sent immediately through a money transfer service.

If you are contacted by someone asking you to send money, the best course of action is to attempt to contact the individual to confirm that he or she is actually making the request. If you aren’t able to contact the person, call other friends or family members to confirm the situation.

Sergeant David Kaiser of the Michigan State Police, Mt. Pleasant Post, suggests contacting your nearest law enforcement agency if you receive such a call. He warns that “The biggest indicator of a scam is the request to transfer money immediately through a service such as Western Union. You have no recourse if the funds are going to a foreign country.” Any mention of lottery winnings, foreign countries or emergency situations requiring money transfers should be reported to law enforcement authorities.