Several scams have been reported to the Gibson City Police Department in the past few months. One, called "The Grandma Scam" has been around for quite some time. Unfortunately, some elderly people have been deceived by this. In this scam, someone will call and pretend to be a grandchild of the victim. Often, they will give the name of the grandchild, as this information is available online and through social media. They will state that they are in Canada or Mexico and that they have been arrested and need bond money to get out of jail. They will ask that the money be sent via Western Union. Once the money is sent there is no way to retrieve it, as the scammers are in another country. If you receive a call like this, do not give any information to the scammer, even if you think it might be your grandchild. Call your family to verify your grandchild's whereabouts. Then contact the police department. Another scam involves local people claiming to be selling raffle tickets, popcorn, or Girl Scout cookies. They take peoples' money and the victims never receive the promised items. Several victims have reported to us that they called the GCMS schools and were told that the students are not selling popcorn or raffle tickets .In the case of the Girl Scouts, they sell their cookies in the spring, and have signup sheets or sell the cookies directly. It would be a shame if these scammers cause people to hesitate to help the legitimate fundraisers. The local newspapers are a good source of information on fundraisers, and citizens can also call the schools or other organizations and ask if a fundraiser is legitimate. Again, report any suspicious activity to your local police department.
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