Phone scammers target the Crossroads

Phone scammers are making a move in the Crossroads, calling families - typically senior citizens - claiming to be a grandson or granddaughter in trouble and needing cash.

An Inez couple said they received a fairly convincing call this week from a young man saying he was their grandson and needed money sent right away because he'd been in an accident and had been drinking and was in jail.

"At first I thought maybe it was true," Jim McCord, 79, said. "But when I got to thinking about it, I knew something was wrong."

Similar calls were reported to the Victoria Police Department last year, said officer John Turner.

Turner, who works in the department's crime prevention unit, said there's three simple things to remember: Confirm the name of whom you are talking with, never wire money and hang up if you are suspicious.

Even if you get a name, Turner said, take it a step further and check with relatives to confirm the story.

If you are a victim to the scam, Turner said still report it to the police department.