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3:59 PM Fri, Oct. 19th

Elderly Kingman resident tricked by scam loses thousands

Police said an elderly local resident lost $4,600 last week after falling victim to the "grandparent scam."

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said officers took two reports recently of calls made to residents where the caller pretends to be the person's grandchild and feigns a financial crisis while stuck in another country. In these two cases, the caller said they were in Mexico City and Peru.

Cooper said one of the recipients of the calls wired $4,600 to Mexico City. The next day, the same victim received a telephone call from Jamaica where the caller was attempting another scam.

The other recipient realized the call was a scam before wiring any money, Cooper added.

He said that it's important that older residents be educated on these scams. Once the money is wired to another location, there is very little chance the money will be recovered or that the suspects will be prosecuted, he said.