- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is warning seniors about a telephone scam in which callers claim to be a child or grandchild who has been arrested out of state and need cash to get out of jail.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/2bRtL0B) the sheriff’s department said an 84-year-old man lost $3,000 after a female called claiming to be his daughter and saying she needed the money to get out of jail after a wreck.

Authorities said the elderly man was directed to call a Jacksonville, Florida, law firm, which told him to go to Walgreen’s, get $3,000 in gift cards to get his daughter released, and call them back.

Stores and pharmacies also are being asked to watch out for elderly people buying gift cards for large sums of money.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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