In one instance a male caller pretended to be the grandson of the resident and told the resident he was involved in an accident and needed money to keep from being sued. The resident spoke with another male who claimed to be the grandson's attorney. The alleged attorney told the resident to send a sum of money to the Dominican Republic using MoneyGram. A later call requested an additional sum of money sent to the same place in the same way.
The other instance a resident received a call from a male identifying himself as sergeant with the state police who said the resident's grandson was arrested for drug possession and needed a sum of money for bond and legal fees. The resident was told to send the money to New York via MoneyGram. The resident did so, but refused when called a second time and told more money was needed.
The Better Business Bureau advises to check with the relative yourself independently before sending any money anywhere. Odds are the relative is safe at home. Don't be a victim!