Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Suspect of Grandparent Scam

Boston Police Detectives from Area A-1 are seeking assistance in identifying of the above-pictured male suspect relative to a scam that occurred in Downtown Boston.

This incident occurred on the afternoon of August 2, 2022. The victim who is an 83-year-old man was convinced via phone that his grandson had been arrested for Reckless Endangerment and would need to be bailed out of prison. The caller claimed to be a public defender.

The victim subsequently handed over several thousand in cash to the above-pictured male in the area of 151 Tremont St. The suspect is described as a Black male, about 35-50 years of age, 5’10”, average build, wearing a hat, a blue shirt, blue jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information on this individual is urged to contact Area A-1 detectives at 617-343-4571.

Anyone who receives such a call should contact the immediately Boston Police Department. If you believe you have been the target of such a call, please note the phone number where the call originated and file a report with the Boston Police Department if it is deemed appropriate.

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are also encouraged to report any Phone/Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Please call the FTC at 1(877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 or visit their website at: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts