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Raleigh, NC 27602

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Senior Fraud Alert: Face-to-Face "Grandparent"

******Alert #227 ******


Lt. Irvin Robinson of the Henderson Police Department reports that four elderly residents of Vance County were victimized this past week by criminals running a variation of the so-called grandparent scam. In most “grandparent” scams, the perpetrators ask victims to wire money to a city in another state or country. These perpetrators, however, sent someone to the victim’s door to collect cash for a nephew or grand-nephew who supposedly was stranded with car trouble and needed money for repairs. In each incident, the scam began with someone calling and using the actual name of a nephew of the victim. In two instances, the victims told the caller that he did not sound like the nephew in question, whereupon the scammer claimed that he had a cold. The scammer stated that a person named Larry Johnson would come to the door and collect the money. A person using such a name would, in fact, show up a few minutes later.


******End of Alert******



Date: September 21, 2009

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