- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Muscatine residents are being warned of a now-common phone scam with a new twist.

The Muscatine Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2d1vAZn ) that scammers are calling elderly residents around the eastern Iowa city pretending to be a grandchild. The scammers say they are in jail and need bail money before the call is cut off. Immediately afterward comes a follow-up call from someone claiming to be an attorney representing the grandchild and seeking bail money.

Kenneth Irwin says he was a recent target. The 78-year-old Muscatine man says someone claiming to be his grandson called asking for help, followed by another call from someone claiming to be the grandson’s attorney. When Irwin peppered the “attorney” with questions, the caller hung up.

Police say residents should be on the lookout for such scams.

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com

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