"Hey Grandma" scam returns to WNY

Posted at 10:33 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 23:12:24-04

Have you heard of the "Hey Grandma" scam?

It's a phone scam where people call pretending to be a grandchild and ask for money. Wednesday, the scam was tried on a local woman from Lancaster.

"I picked up the phone and he says, 'Hi Grandma' and I say 'who is this?"

When Rose Kuznicki got a call from a man with a strong Southern accent, she knew it couldn't be her grandson.

"He says, 'yeah I'm in Baltimore, and had to come here for a funeral to bury one of my friends.' I said it's pretty funny because you don't even sound like my grandson."

The man told Kuznicki he was in trouble but before he could ask for any money she had this to say.

"I said, 'I think you've talked long enough about your little scam...don't call here and don't call anyone else or I'll call the police."

New York State Police want people to be aware of this scam,m saying in many cases the caller claims to be a law enforcement official with a family member under arrest needing bail money from them.