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Police, Bank Employee Help Kennewick Grandmother Recover $10,000 after Scam

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KENNEWICK, WA - The grandma scam strikes again but this time there is a twist. A scammer called a Kennewick grandmother a week ago. The caller claimed to be the woman's grandson saying he needed $10,000 to get out of some financial trouble. The woman transferred the money into a Wells Fargo account that day. But Kennewick Police said a sharp bank employee noticed something not quite right. 

"The credit really goes to the bank employee at Wells Fargo, that heads up. They held the money and then tried to verify, is this legit or not, alerted the victim and then alerted police. Then we got involved and were able to get that money back. Because it would have disappeared within hours," said Sergeant Ken Lattin. 

Kennewick Police work closely with local banks on security issues like this. The Crime Prevention division can notify banks of scams going around.

For the rest of us, Lattin suggests having a talk with family members about whatever is happening if they ever get a call about sending large sums of money.