Police Warn of Eldery Scam

Lubbock police say to beware of scam where person calls pretending to be a grandchild in distress.
Lubbock police are warning residents of a rapidly growing scam, where elderly men and women are called by people pretending to be a grandchild in trouble and needing money.

Police sent us this example:

"On Thursday August 26, 2013 at 10:00 am, an elderly man began receiving phone calls from Montreal Quebec. The first call was from an unknown suspect claiming to be his grandson, saying he had been arrested in Canada and needed his grandfather to wire money to get out of jail. The call ended with a plea for the grandfather not to tell the grandson's parents he was arrested. Over the next couple of days the elderly man received phone calls from unknown suspects claiming to be a police officer and an attorney, both requesting thousands of dollars. Before the elderly man contacted the parents of the child and discovered it was a scam he had already wired several thousand dollars to Canada. This scam is quickly increasing in popularity state wide. Elderly people need to be notified before their good nature and willingness to help are used to defraud them. Most of the suspects operate from other countries making it difficult to recover the money."

If you think you are the target of a scam, police say to hang up.  Do not give out any information.
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