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"Grandchild in Distress" Scam Still Working in New Berlin

Sad to say it, especially around this time of year, but we had another senior citizen get bilked out of over $1,500 with the "Grandchild in Distress" scam. Here's how it worked this time:
"Granddaughter" calls in a panic. She was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic while vacationing and broke her nose and has stitches in her mouth (this would explain the fact that she may not so...und exactly like the victim's grandaughter.) She needs $1,500 in bail money and "a lawyer" will be calling her in the next few minutes. She is told to not tell anyone because the granddaughter is worried about her reputation. The "lawyer" calls and gives the victim instructions on how to wire the money. Victim goes to the bank to complete the transaction. The teller tries to talk the victim out of the transfer (good job teller!) but the victim insists. The money is transferred (gone for good). Since it works so well, the "lawyer" calls back an hour later and asks for another $1,000 so the granddaughter does not get sued. At this point, the victim calls her son only to find out that the granddaughter is just fine and not in the Dominican Republic.

Bottom line, please don't wire money to anyone or give out personal information over the phone or internet. Please check with a trusted friend or relative before making any kind of decision. And please listen to your bank teller when they try to talk you out of a money transfer. We usually have a few of these scams succeed every year in New Berlin and it's just sad. Please talk with your elderly friends, neighbors, and relatives and warn them about this scam. For every one time it works in New Berlin, there were another 1,000 attempts that did not work because the victims did not play along with the scam. Help us get the word out! Thank you.

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