SCAM ALERT Bahamas Grandkids Scam Hitting New Mexico Senior Citizens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2017

Contact: James Hallinan (505) 660-2216

83-year-old grandma and retired law enforcement officer alerts Attorney
General to new version of this scam

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a second Scam Alert this week, this one warning senior citizens to protect themselves against the “Bahamas Grandkids Scam” that is hitting New Mexico.
Scammers are calling New Mexico senior citizens from Ontario, Canada and Maryland phone numbers claiming that their grandchild is in jail for drunk driving in another country, namely the Bahamas. The scammers tell elaborate stories including details of a destination wedding the grandchild traveled to and then explain that after the wedding the grandchild was arrested.

The scammer does not let the grandparent speak to the grandchild, “because they are in court,” but they do urge them to call a second number to post bail. When the grandparent calls the second number, they are informed of a “deal” and if they get a prepaid debit card from Walmart the bail will be $2000 instead of $3000. They are
then asked for that prepaid card number.

“I’m asking all of our families to be on guard for this scam as it preys directly on the love, trust and kindness of our New Mexico grandparents,” Attorney General Balderas said. “If someone calls to tell you a family member is in jail in another country and wants money from you, please verify this information with other family members before you consider taking any action. These scammers want to scare you into giving them information and money, but do not let their lies intimidate you.”

Recent numbers associated with this scam are Maryland number 1-443-687-8088 and Ontario, Canada number 1-437-344-0996, but this scam originates from other numbers as well. This is an old scam with a new twist and can include a variety of different lies to trick people. The Office of the Attorney General was alerted to this new version by an 83-year-old grandma and retired law enforcement officer who went all the way through the scam, without giving any money, and wanted to warn the public about the details of the scam.

If you receive a scam call please report it to the Office of the Attorney General by calling toll free 1-844-255-9210.

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