Friday, June 26, 2009

Scam targets WV grandparents

A fairly sophisticated scam has duped several West Virginia seniors into wiring money to unidentified scammers in Canada. The scam starts with a call to the senior by someone who sounds like the senior's grandchild claiming to be in jail in Canada and needing money to be wired to him or her in order to be released. Apparently the scammers learn specific details about the grandchild and even learn to mimic the sound of the child's voice on the phone.

If you or someone you know is targetted by this scam you can report it to the West Virginia Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808.

See this report on WV Metro News for more details:
http://www.wvmetronews.com/index.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=31017

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