- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Santa Cruz County’s district attorney is warning seniors about a scam where impostors call pretending to be grandchildren in distress and in need of money.

Jeffrey S. Rosell says in a statement Friday that the calls reported by several county residents are “well-rehearsed and dramatically presented” to emotionally manipulate grandparents into acting quickly.

Rosell says the callers say they are in jail in need of bail, or traveling and lost their luggage and money. They ask that the grandparent not tell their parents to avoid trouble.

They generally ask that the grandparent go buy a re-loadable money card or otherwise wire them between $800 and $5,000 dollars.

Authorities have not said whether they have made any progress toward finding the scammers, or say exactly how many victims there have been.


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