Phone Scam Won't Die in Santa Cruz County

Yet another person was scammed by people asking for wired money.

For years, one tried and true phone scam has plagued Santa Cruz County's senior citizens. According to Sheriff's Deputy April Skalland, many local grandparents are still falling victim.

The scammers "target elderly citizens by claiming their grandson has been in a car accident out of the country and needs medical attention, but cannot get surgery until he has money," Skalland said. "The 'grandson' then requests the grandparent wire money through Western Union."

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has received one recent report of the scam, with an unknown number going unreported.

Skalland warned that wired money is almost never retrievable, even in cases like this.

"The Internet and social network sites can reveal intimate details for scammers," she said. "Never give out personal or financial information over the phone and independently verify to determine if an actual emergency exists."

Have you ever been the victim of a phone or online scam? Tell us in the comments!

Wow another bit of fluff February 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
The phone in the photo is as old as this story.
Wendy W February 14, 2013 at 08:04 AM
It never hurts to remind people to beware of these terrible crimes. Imagine if it was your grandparents being scammed out of their money / savings!
Michael Dwells February 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Wow! I didn't think this scam still exists. The earliest complaint lodged at http://www.callercenter.com dated April 2011 and I thought it has died down already. But apparently, this scam still operates. Well, these scammers can call all they want but I don't think they still stand a chance. Everybody, especially the seniors, is now well-informed about how such a scam is perpetrated and continuous updates are made readily available online.


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