As your security provider, it is our duty to make PGA National residents aware of any potential problems that could lead to opportunities for crime. The subject I want to discuss is one that I have already touched on in previous articles, which remains important, so I think it is appropriate to bring it up once again. Last month, Palm Beach County experienced some violent crimes of an unfamiliar nature. These crimes included carjacking and armed robberies.
It has come to my attention that criminals, not only in our immediate area, but also throughout the country, are using a number of “white collar” scams. One scam in particular is the “Grandparent scam”. Con artists have swindled the elderly out of hundreds even thousands of dollars by posing as a grandchild in need. According to local law enforcement agencies, the scam works like this:
You receive a phone call from someone who greets you with, “Hi grandma.”
“Do you know who this is?”
Now the con artist claims that they’ve gotten into some kind of trouble and need money to fix the problem. “But please don’t tell mom or dad. Please help!”
Scammers are very cunning and are good at what they do. They have fooled many people by choosing their targets carefully. If you receive this type of phone call, do not fill in any blanks for them. Ask some of your own questions, such as to which grandchild this is or what’s your mother’s name. This should expose the scam; the con artist will most likely hang up the phone. Call Palm Beach Gardens Police and provide them with any information that you may have.
As I previously mentioned it is part of my duty to make PGA National residents aware of any potential problems that could lead to an opportunity for crime. You must remain ever vigilant. Whenever you leave your home – no matter for how long – always lock yours doors and set your alarm. Make sure your garage door is closed.
Remember never hesitate to call security. The smallest piece of information may be the biggest part of the solution. Report any suspicious persons and activity to security at 627-1600.