Police are looking for help finding a man about who attempted a particularly brazen version of what's known as a "grandparent scam" in Norwood, Massachusetts, this week.
The common scam often involves criminals calling or emailing someone and, posing as a relative, saying they're in trouble and need money to get out of it. But in Wednesday's suspected scam, Norwood police said, the person was driven to the bank by a suspected scammer.
An employee at a Rockland Trust bank contacted police about 3:30 p.m. to report the suspected scam, officials said. A senior had come into the bank to take out more than $9,000 after they received a call about a family member who'd been in a car accident and needed money.
Officers confirmed that the family member hadn't requested money or been in an accident.
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Then, the senior got another call and was driven to the bank by a balding man with white hair, according to authorities. That part of the story left police "very concerned," the department said in a statement.
Police are asking anyone with information about what happened to call Norwood police's non-emergency line at 781-440-5100.
"To prevent these scams, always call and check with family members on a known number. Don’t send cash, wire money, or provide numbers from gift or cash-reload cards to a person claiming to be a grandchild. Scammers prefer those payment methods because they’re difficult to trace," police said.