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Posted on: October 11, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Weekly Crime Alert

A scam targeting older adults continues to be perpetrated in Fort Morgan and lures an unsuspecting grandmother to lose a substantial amount of money.

On October 4th police were called to speak with an eighty-nine year old female who told the officer she believed she had lost $2,300 dollars to a scammer who had convinced her to send money through a wire service.

The innocent victim assumed she was talking to a relative when a con-artist called her pretending to be a grandchild. The crook lied, saying he was her grandson and had traveled to London, was involved in a traffic accident, and needed money to pay for a rental car and fines.

The grandmother, wanting to help a family member, agreed to help by wiring money through Western Union. She became suspicious when the following day the thief called back, claiming to be her grandson and saying he had missed his flight home and needed more money. Fortunately victim did not send additional money and found out her grandson had not traveled overseas.

This type of scam has been reported before and police are alerting residents about it. Scams often involve warning signs that people should be wary of. If someone tells you it’s “urgent” or that you need to “act now”, people should be cautious. Another red-flag is when you are told to “keep it a secret” or “don’t tell anyone”.

If someone is asked to financially help another person they should always verify any information given. If one (or both) of the above warning phrases are used, the person should contact a trusted friend or relative, and proceed with extreme caution.

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