EBRSO warning public about “Grand Parent/Arrested Grandchild” scam


East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a recent scam.

The scam is referred to as the “Grand Parent/Arrested Grandchild” scam.

EBRSO says they received two complaints about the scam last week.

“Detectives believe both were committed by different individuals utilizing the same white Nissan Altima” seen in the attached picture.

Here is how it works:

  • The victim is called and told that they are speaking with their grandchild
  • The grandchild says they are out of town and need money to bond out of jail
  • A second person calls the victim and states that they are the attorney/bondman representing the grandchild
  • The attorney/bondman requests money to bond the grandchild out of jail

After that, “the victim is then instructed to go to their respective bank and withdraw the amount of money (cash) and to call the alleged attorney/bondman back once this is done,” according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

The call is made and a courier is sent over to the victim’s house.

The victim is told that the money will be given to the attorney.

A courier arrives at the victim’s home in short order and takes the money.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please call the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at
(225) 389-5000.

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