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Scam Alert: Napa Grandparents Beware

By Bay City News Service.

Seniors in Napa County are again receiving scam phone calls from phony "grandchildren" asking them to send money, the Napa County District
Attorney Gary Lieberstein said this week.

The callers, posing as grandchildren, pretend they have been detained by law enforcement because of an accident or to pay a fine and ask the seniors to send money to get them out of custody, Lieberstein said.

The callers also tell the senior to wait by the phone for a second call from an attorney, bail bondman or law enforcement officer who will tell the senior where to send the money.

That caller then tells the scam victim to wire the money to a specific place, usually a Western Union station.

Once the money is wired, it cannot be traced, Lieberstein said.

The scammers often call early in the morning or late at night to catch people off guard.

The Napa County District Attorney's Office is recommending people who receive such a call ask a question only a family member could answer.

Anyone with caller ID who receives scam calls asking for money should write down the numbers and report them to police, Lieberstein said.

By Bay City News Service.

Sandy Clarke April 10, 2011 at 03:32 PM
A couple of weeks ago, my mom rec'd a phone call from "my son" saying he had been at a wedding in Virginia and was picked up by the police for driving on the wrong side of the road when driving home. He needed bail money. My mom was startled but told the caller she'd put grandpa on the line...that's when he hung up. So weird.
Louisa Hufstader April 10, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Weird and creepy. Was this in Napa, Sandy?

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