The Kansas City, Mo. Police Department warns scammers (scambags) are spoofing the department's administrative phone number (816-234-5000).
This isn't the first time this has happened.
"They're calling people and telling them their grandchildren are in trouble and to send money," police say. "Our number shows up on caller ID.'
Kansas City, Mo. police say in the latest round with this scam, the callers are targeting seniors in the southern U.S.
"Many of them have called us to see whether it's real or not. If you get one of these hang up!" police say.