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Elderly Phone Scam

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A scam that made the rounds earlier this year is making a comeback and has already claimed two victims in the area within the past month. It's called the Grandparent - Grandchildren phone scam.

This past weekend a 99 year old Kennewick woman received a phone call from a man saying he was her grandson. After convincing her, he told her he was in jail in Canada and needed to be bailed out. The Kennewick woman believed the suspect and wired him $2,200 via Western Union.

Officer Valdez of the Kennewick Police Department says phone scams like this are common, especially with the elderly. "What we've been trying to tell the public is, one try and educate yourself of the scams that are going on.  If you have the internet you can google some of that and learn about recent scams that are going on.   The second things is, we are asking the elderly or public if they see a message like this, to verify it," said Valdez. 

Officer valdez says educating your family and friends of these scams is important. He says scams come and go and you never know when 'you' could be the victim.