A number of residents in the Riverbend have apparently been targeted by con artists in recent weeks, trying to lure them into the "Grandparent Scam." The scam involves a person saying they are in trouble in some far-away location and needs money wired to them. In this most recent case, the scammers contacted older Godfrey and Alton residents, under the ruse that they were in a Mexican Jail and needed $2,500 for bail money.
Better Business Bureau Investigator Bill Smith says this is a familiar scheme, and they can be very convincing.
He says if you get a call or e-mail from someone claiming to be a grandchild in trouble, double-check their story. This scam has been around since about 2008, and has continually evolved.