Genesee County Sheriff's Elder Abuse and Exploitation Prevention

Genesee County Sheriff's Elder Abuse and Exploitation Prevention We are a division of the Genesee County Sheriff's Detective Bureau. We
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Reference the grandchild phone scam:

We recently received another report of an attempt at this scam on an elderly lady. Fortunately, she did not fall for it. She did, however, get a phone number. The person called from (438) 994-4734 and attempted to have her wire money to Panama City, Panama under the pretext that he was her grandson and in jail. Please take note of this location and telephone number and pass this information along.


Approximately one year ago, Judge Barkey’s mother-in-law was the victim of a telephone scam. An individual (or individuals) called her claiming to be her grandson (Judge Barkey’s son) stating he was in trouble and asking that she send him money through Western Union to a particular destination. The completely fabricated story involved a trip to Florida, followed by an arrest and a need for money to get out of jail. The truth was that Judge Barkey’s son was in his bed sleeping in Flushing. This incident affected her both emotionally and physically.

As a result, Judge Barkey and Sheriff Pickell spoke at the majority of senior centers in Genesee County alerting their members about this phone scam and what to do if it happens to one of them or someone they know. It has come to our attention as recently as January 17, 2013, the same phone scam is continuing. The caller is claiming to be the grandson of the victim and claims he was arrested for drunk driving in Canada and is requesting bail money. The caller had pertinent family information which made him believable. The caller then gave instructions how to pay the $3000 bond. Thankfully this most recent victim did not follow the instructions. Please get the word out that this senior citizen phone scam has returned and if you are contacted call the authorities.

The Office of Genesee County Sheriff - Elder Abuse Division can be contacted by calling (810) 257-3460


1002 S Saginaw St
Flint, MI

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