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April 10, 2014

Shenango Township police warn of telephone scams

NEW CASTLE — Shenango Township police said they have received multiple reports of an ongoing scam.

According to officers, residence are receiving calls purporting to be from a relative in a legal or financial crisis. Police noted this is often referred to as the “grandparent scam.”

Scammers use scenarios that include claims of a relative being arrested or in a car accident in another country. Scammers often pose as the relative, create a sense of urgency and make a desperate plea for money. Often, scammers beg victims not to tell other family members about the situation.

The scammers also impersonate third parties, such as attorneys, law enforcement officers or other officials. Once potential victims appear to believe the caller’s story, they are provided instructions to wire money to an individual, often referred to as a bail bondsman, for their relative to be released.

Police say people who receive such calls should do the following:

•Resist the pressure to act quickly.

•Verify the information before sending any money by attempting to contact the relative to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.

•Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially to an overseas location. Wiring money is like giving cash. Once you send it, you cannot get it back.

Individuals who have fallen victim to this type of scam can file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, http://www.ic3.gov.

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