Police Chief Warns Residents of “Grandma Scam”

Green Island Police Chief Christopher Parker is warning residents to be aware of the “Grandma Scam” that is currently happening throughout the Capital Region and was reported by the Times Union yesterday:


Green Island Police have had one legitimate reported case of this occurring in the Village.

Police are giving the following advice to avoid being scammed:

People should be cautious of giving credit card information over the phone unless it is a call that they initiate.

Legitimate companies or corporations, or bail bondsman will never ask people to purchase prepaid credit cards to purchase items or pay fees.

Be skeptical. Check a business name and phone number on the internet.

If you are not sure the call is legitimate, contact the local police at 9-1-1 before sending money or providing personal information.