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Police Warn Of Grandfather Scam
Wednesday Apr 02, 2014 2:31pm

By: Jim Measel

(ANGOLA) - The Steuben County Sheriffs Department says they and other police agencies in the area are getting a number of cases involving the "grandparent scam". The scam involves a phone call stating that the caller is from a foreign embassy, a police agency outside the U.S. or from a hospital either in or out of the country. The caller claims to have contact with a grandchild of the person being called and are attempting to help them get money for bail, a ticket, a crash or their hospital stay. This scam seems to come up during Spring Break time when younger people are away from their parents. Always know where your children and grandchildren are vacationing or if they have left the area. Police say you should never agree to give financial information over the phone. If you think the phone call is a scam, ask for a follow up phone number that you can verify. Most times, the caller will just hang up. You can stay safe by downloading the Scam detector app for your smart phone.

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