Telephone Scam: Grandmother Scam Tried Again

Arlington Heights police received a report about 11:00 a.m. Tuesday of a well-known scam known as the Grandmother Scam or Grandparent Scam. Police received a report that an Arlington Heights resident and potential victim received a call from a subject claiming that the potential victim’s grandson was and needed money to get out of jail.

The potential victim lives in the 1300 block of East Northwest Highway.


The Grandmother Scam or Grandparent Scam is a common scam. There are a variety of fictitious scenarios that are schemed up with different claimed locations and countries, a variety of reasons why the money is needed, and a variety of amounts.

Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights should submit an anonymous text tip by texting the keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411(tip411) or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at (847) 590-STOP. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.



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  1. yeah, these grandparent scam is so common that these scam artists have come up with a new strat. they call grandparents, threaten them and their family, if the elderly will not pay. so to avoid any danger, the elderly will be forced to give in. this has been around for a while now, in fact, a victim already reported a scam like this at callercenter. that site practically exposes scam strategies and phone numbers used so others know. And if anybody gets a call like that, i strongly suggest you report right away. you might have been a victim, but use that to save others.

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