Great Grandchild Scam
Scammers will call pretending to be a grandchild or great grandchild and try to get money from the senior.
A scammer will place a call to a senior citizen and when the mark picks up, the fraudster will say something like: "Hi, Grandma. Do you know who this is?" When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of a grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity. Once they establish a relationship, they ask for money.
"They'll know just enough information that they get from Facebook and other social media websites, such as where the grandkids live, where they are vacationing or other personal details, and use this information to get (the senior) to open up," Burke says. "If the scammer is calling from a cellphone with bad reception or a Bluetooth, it's not always easy to decipher and know it's not the relative."
Double check with family call someone and check it out. You will never be asked by the police not to double check. You will never have to pay for bail with a gift card, Western Union, etc.