Caller pretending to be a relative scammed Decatur woman out of money
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Police are warning people to be on high scam alert this holiday season.
This comes after a Decatur woman was conned out of $1,500.
The woman said someone called her pretending to be her granddaughter and claimed she was in jail.
The caller asked for money to be sent for bail.
Police said that while these calls typically target the elderly, social media can also play a factor in how they get your information.
"Don't put sensitive information about yourself on your social media. Who your family is, stuff like that because that is probably to a degree how these scammers are getting a hold of peoples' information," Decatur Sergeant Chris Copeland said.
The victim discovered she had been conned when she actually spoke with her granddaughter and discovered she was not actually in jail.
Police warn that if you get one of these calls, you should always check in with the person referenced.
Before complying with anything involving money that is told to you over the phone.