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Scam preys on elderly residents

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

ALAMOSA — Alamosa authorities are warning area residents of a scam specifically targeting the elderly.

Alamosa County Sheriff Deputy Judy Jackson related a recent incident involving an 80-year-old woman who would have lost $2,200 had it not been for an alert Wal-Mart employee. Jackson said a man called the victim pretending to be her grandson, and he said he was in jail in Mexico but could be released if she would send $2,200 essentially for his bail.

When the grandmother told the young man he did not sound like her grandson, he said he had a cold and had spent the night in jail, so he was not sounding like himself. The “grandson” then said he would let his grandmother talk to the judge.

The “judge” came on the phone and told the woman her grandson had been arrested on a narcotics charge but would be given a break if she sent $2,200, so he wouldn’t have to pay $10,000 to bond out.

The woman went to Wal-Mart to get a money gram to send her “grandson” and the Wal-Mart clerk who waited on her was suspicious this might be a scam so she did not send the money gram to Mexico. The transaction was stopped before the victim’s money was transferred out of the country.

Deputy Jackson said the scammers have found out information about their victims’ families, so they are able to make their scams sound legitimate, but she urged residents not to fall for these types of scams.

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