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Elderly woman fooled by scam
$8,000 wired to 'grandson'

KINGMAN - Police are once again warning residents to be wary of suspicious calls after a woman was duped into sending scammers $8,000.

Kingman Police said the elderly woman was contacted by a caller claiming to be her grandson. The "grandson" told the woman he had been in an accident overseas and that he needed her to wire him money to cover legal and medical expenses.

The woman twice wired $4,000 to the caller. It was only after a third request for money that the woman contacted another relative and learned her grandson had nothing to do with the call.

The Miner last month ran an article detailing a similar call received by a 90-year-old Kingman woman. In that case, the woman realized it was a scam shortly after she wired $3,500, and she was able to stop the transaction and recoup her money.

A quick search of the Internet shows the "Grandparent Scam" is prolific across the country. It's not clear how the callers are getting people's names or phone numbers and who the individuals are related to.

Police strongly encourage individuals to verify any similar request and to be wary of unsolicited phone calls from unknown parties. They say that in most cases, all they can do is take a report, with little to no chance of the victim getting their money back.

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