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‘Grandparent’ Scam In Wheatley

Friday June 14th, 2013

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A Wheatley woman on two separate occasions this week, has received a phone call from an unknown person purporting to be her grandson. The man requested that money be wired to him as he was in jail for impaired driving. The woman did not recognize the man’s voice and immediately hung up the phone.

Police say that in a typical scenario, a grandparent receives a phone call from a con-artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren. The caller goes on to say that they are in some kind of trouble and need money immediately. Typically they claim being in a car accident, trouble returning from a foreign country or they need bail money. Victims don’t verify the story until after the money has been sent as the caller specifically asks that they do not want other relatives to know what has happened. Wanting to help their grandchild, the victim sends money.

Police warn that even thought this type of scam has been around for years, the public should be on alert after a marked increase in the number of complaints in the last two months right across the country.

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