Horry County Police warn of telephone scam

A scam NewsChannel 15 has reported on before has resurfaced in Horry County.

Horry County Police say the scam targets grandparents. In this scam, victims will receive a phone call from someone impersonating their grandchild. The caller will start the conversation with the word "Grandpa?" or "Grandma?" When the victim responds with a yes, the caller will tell the victim this is their oldest grandson.

The victim will respond with the name of their oldest grandson, and the caller will refer to himself by that name for the rest of the conversation.

The caller will then proceed to tell the victim that he is in Montreal, Canada on a school trip or spring break, and that he has gotten into trouble and doesn't want his mom or dad to find out about it. The story is spun to include criminal charges such as a DUI or leaving the scene of an accident that a fictitious lawyer can take care of if they send cash by Moneygram. The caller tells the victim that the lawyer will call back shortly. A second person then calls back and provides the information needed to take care of the transaction.

There are currently two active cases in Horry County such as this being investigated.

The victims have lost up to $5,000 in the scam.

Detectives stress that if you receive a call such as this, to NOT send any money without doing any background research. This scam has been going around in other parts of the country.

If you receive a phone call such as this, you are urged to contact family members to confirm the location of your grandchildren, and to notify the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-5350.

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