The Bethel Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies have had an increase in reports of senior residents being scammed over the phone. Bethel Police say the most recent scam hitting the senior community involves criminal suspects calling victims and claiming that they are a grandchild or family member in need of bail money. The suspects go through extensive lengths to appear legitimate, often times creating false records and using a second accomplice to pose as a police officer or bail commissioner. Senior residents who receive such a call are asked to contact Bethel Police immediately and to not provide any money to the caller. Bethel Police can verify the status of family members.