A Southbury resident was recently scammed out of a large sum of money after being told by a scammer her grandson was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident and needed bail money. Southbury Police say the scammer then proceeded to meet the victim at her home to retrieve the money.
The Southbury Police Department has seen an increase in telephone scams.
Police are reminding residents not to give out personal information over the phone, including address, social security number, date of birth or credit card/bank account information. Residents with older loved ones or neighbors are asked to continue to check on them and ensure they are aware of potential scam phone calls.
The New Fairfield Resident Trooper's Office is also cautioning residents to phone scams in town, specifically the so-called grandparent scam. These scammers find out information about people, including elderly relatives, from online searches and social media.