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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 am

Keep your ears open for scams coming in over the phone. The Lodi Police Department has received reports of telephone scammers posing as the victim's grandchild and asking for money to help them out of jail in Mexico or Canada.

The scammer will request wiring a sum of money to an unknown recipient, often asking the victim to not tell anyone else in the family. Concerned grandparents are quick to help out their loved ones.

But the money goes to a scammer. "We recommend that people do some checking to verify that the person in need is actually who they say they are prior to wiring any money," said Officer Chris Jacobson.

He recommends contacting other friends and family members to check the situation before sending money.

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2 comments:

  • Diane Solari posted at 10:19 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    DSolari Posts: 2

    This happened to my parents about a year ago. It was someone who pretended to be their grandson and said he was in an accident in Mexico, I believe. He told them exactly where and how to send the money. They almost believed the guy until they asked him what his mother's maiden name was...instantly the phone went dead!

     
  • Stacey Barnickle posted at 9:11 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    Amy B Posts: 1

    These scammers going after grandparents are sick. I have seen a few postings about it on http://www.ruscammer.com either this or medicare scams, or someone was in a accident and please wire funds over, ect...

     

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