A Lake Ariel man was called Thursday morning by two men posing to be his grandson and attorney.

A Lake Ariel man was called Thursday morning by two men posing to be his grandson and attorney.

The 74-year-old man called state police after a man called claiming to be his grandson, who is away at college.

The caller told the man he had been arrested and imprisoned and needed money to be released.

The caller told the Lake Ariel man not to tell anyone and that his attorney would call and advise him where to send the money.

About an hour later, a man called back posing as the attorney and provided him with information on how to send the money to a foreign account to free his grandson.

Prior to any money transaction, the Lake Ariel man called his grandson who was safe and school. He then notified the state police.

Authorities say people should be aware of potential telephone scams that target older citizens and remind them to verify all information prior to making any financial transactions.

Several telephone and mail scams reported throughout the summer in the area. The names of two local banks were used to try and trick people into giving account numbers to scammer over the phone.

State Police are offering these scam prevention tips:

• Always lock your front door and back doors when doing yard work, going to the street to get mail or doing any other errand that keeps you away from your home.

• Be careful about leaving anyone you don’t know into your home. Don’t allow strangers inside your home, even if they appear to be in distress or with a young child.

• Check with your utility company by telephone if a person claiming to be an employee wants to enter your home or wants you to come inside with him or her. If you don’t see any indentification, ask for it. But keep in mind that these criminals have become adept at making their own identification cards and each individual’s identification should be verified with their respective company.

• Beware of unsolicited repairmen. Never deal with any door-to-door contractors.

• Be suspicious of high-pressure sales tactics. Get written contracts describing explicit specifications of the work, the price, the responsibility for cleaning up and the hourly rate for added work. Never sign any contract without checking it.

• Be sure the work is completed to your satisfaction before making final payment.

• Write down the license plate of any vehicles being operated by individuals acting suspiciously.

• When in doubt, call police immediately to report the incident. Don’t be too embrarrassed to report that you may have been victimized or swindled.