NORMAN, Okla. – Norman police are warning residents about a sudden rise in scam callers asking for emergency money.
Police said they have received several reports of people calling residents pretending to be a grandson or other relative needing financial assistance for an emergency in a foreign country or large U.S. city.
The caller asks the victim to wire them money because they have been arrested or involved in an accident.
Authorities said the amount of money requested varies but is usually between $2,000 and $4,000.
They said the suspect pushes the victim to complete the transaction quickly.
Usually after the money is wired, the victim learns the relative is fine, has not been in any trouble and they have just become the victim of a fraud.
Norman Police: How to avoid calling scam:
- Although this scam appears to be directed primarily toward the elderly, police suggest everyone use extreme caution in phone calls like this.
- They said most times the caller has some knowledge of family names and relationships so do not automatically believe they are who the claim.
- Contact other family members and confirm the story.
- Do not wire any money until completely satisfied the circumstances are legitimate.
- Notify the police if you receive any suspicious telephone calls of this nature.