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Grandparent telephone scam

8:13 AM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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Chesterfield, MO (KSDK) - A telephone scam targeting grandparents in west St. Louis County has drawn the attention of Chesterfield police.

Over the last couple of weeks, the Chesterfield Police Department has received reports of elderly residents being victimized by scammers posing as their grandchildren.

According to police, the caller identifies themselves as a grandchild and asks money to be wired to them immediately because of an emergency going on outside the country. In several cases, the caller has asked the elderly intended target to not inform their "parents."

The Chesterfield Police Department recommends grandparents confirm the legitimacy of any request before sending money, and ask the caller questions that would be difficult for an imposter to answer correctly (family pet names, date of mother's birthday, historical family information, etc).

Any elderly residents who suspect they've been victims of the grandparent telephone scam or have been contacted by an attempted scammer, please contact the Chesterfield Police Department at 636-537-3000.


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