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ISP warns grandparents about telephone scam

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The Indiana State Police is warning the public about a phone scam targeting elderly residents.

Scammers call grandparents pretending to be their grandchildren. They say they’re in trouble--usually in trouble in Canada--and are in need of an immediate wire of cash. The “trouble” ranges from being arrest to being hurt in a car crash.

The caller is quick to ask grandparents not to call mom and dad and let them know, so investigators warn would-be victims to always call relatives first to check up on the situation--even when the caller tells you not to.

Remember, never wire money without verifying the situation with relatives. In addition, never release personal information like dates of birth, Social Security numbers, or bank account numbers over the phone. Victims have lost funds ranging from the hundreds to thousands of dollars to this scam.

If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, let it go to voicemail. If the caller doesn’t leave a message, it was probably a scam call generated by computerized automatic dialer set to dial thousands of numbers, looking for a victim who will answer and believe their phone story. If you feel you’ve been a victim, the FBI website for filing a complaint is www.ic3.gov, or you can call your local State Police Post.

 

 

Posted 12/6/2013