In-Person Pickups Are New Twist in Grandparent Scam

Detectives from the Financial Crimes division of the Montgomery County Police Department are again warning residents of what is typically referred to as the “Grandparent Scam.” The scam has taken a new twist: Victims have collectively given over $48,500 in cash to a scammer that arrives at their home to collect the money.

Holiday Feast in Holly Tree

“It’s not only our human family that engages us, but wildlife that becomes news of the day. Consider the common squirrel going on with life-as-normal, paying little attention to the worries that plague its neighboring humans. In this season what’s news in our neck of the woods is the scurry or dray of squirrels feasting on the red berries of the Holly tree. That tree, with its broad prickly leaves, accommodates all comers, extending its branches well beyond the telephone lines into the sky. While we’ve been polite to keep our distance, on this day before Thanksgiving, I quietly walked closer for a better look. This squirrel was too busy consuming to notice. That’s news.” — Rosanne Skirble, Woodside Park