- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office is warning elderly residents about the return of an old scam that uses their relatives to swindle them out of money.

The office says scammers are reviving the “favorite grandson” ploy where con artists call and identify themselves as the individual’s favorite grandson or other close relative who is in serious trouble or has been in an accident and needs money wired right away. The office says wire transfers are similar to cash and if the individual falls for the scheme, there’s usually no way to get the money back.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says residents should resist pressure to act quickly, never give or wire money based on an unsolicited phone call and don’t send money to an unknown account or entity.

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