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Phone scams target grandparents

Platteville resident avoided losing money by calling family

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Officials warn residents about a recent telephone scam in Platteville that targets grandparents.

A Platteville resident got a call Aug. 6 in which the caller identified themselves as Charlie, according to the release. The resident has a grandson named Charlie so they continued to listen to the caller.

Officials said the resident's own name and number showed up on their caller ID when the call came through.

The caller told the resident he was in Mexico for a friend's funeral and was stopped by the police after accepting a ride with a stranger, according to the release. The caller said he needed money because the police found drugs and he was in jail.

The resident talked with someone claiming to be a bail person who told the resident they had to route the money to Haiti, officials said. The caller gave the resident detailed instructions and said everything needed to be kept confidential.

The resident called her family members to verify the call and avoided losing the money, according to the release.

Officials said this type of scam that targets older community members is not uncommon and often involves the names of grandchildren being used to solicit grandparents to send money to an overseas location.

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