West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alerted consumers to a new version of the notorious grandparent scam, a disturbing twist already responsible for two West Virginians losing more than $200,000.
Both victims received a call from a man pretending to be their grandson. The caller, following the usual script, claims to have been arrested and in need of bail money. However, in the new twist he gives the phone to a so-called attorney and requests that cash be mailed inside a magazine.
A Raleigh County consumer reports having mailed more than $185,000 over three to four weeks, while West Virginia State Police say someone in Tucker County sent almost $15,000 before growing suspicious.
“This week’s news is incredibly disturbing,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Scammers will go to great lengths to steal your hard-earned money. Everyone must take note and remain on guard for such phone calls. You can never be too cautious.”
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division indicates that in both instances the scam artist used the so-called attorney to bolster his credibility. He also makes a specific request for bail money asking that cash be taped inside of a magazine and mailed to a physical address in another state.