COLUMBIA — If someone claiming to be your grandson calls to ask for money, be wary.
The Columbia Police Department sent out a news release Tuesday warning citizens to be cautious when dealing with unsolicited phone calls.
On Friday, a woman received a call from someone claiming to be her grandson, according to the news release. Her supposed grandson said he was in a Mexico City jail and needed her to transfer money to him.
After the phone call, the woman attempted to contact her grandson, but couldn't reach him. She called the police to report the incident, and the police located him. He was not in Mexico City.
Although the woman did not send any money, the Columbia police want to warn citizens about the risks of transferring money under suspicious circumstances.
Such incidents have previously occurred in Columbia. The police addressed another case of phone scamming this past summer in which a man posing as an Allstate agent asked to talk to grocery-store employees about life insurance.
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