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Woman warns of ‘grandkid’ scam from Dominican Republic

A phone call from a grandchild claiming they are in jail and needing money to get out is the narrative of a telephone scam that has made its way to Cañon City.

Ruth Sanchez, 84, of Cañon City said she received a call Monday morning by someone pretending to be her grandson.

Sanchez said when she answered the phone, the person started by saying, “Grandma, it’s me.”

“They sounded just like him, but I, at one point, asked if they were scamming me,” she said.

Sanchez said the person who called her Monday claiming to be her grandson told her that he and some friends went to the Dominican Republic and were in a car accident.

“He said they were in an accident and the cops there found marijuana on them, so arrested them,” she said.

She said the person claiming to be her grandson said she needed to send money or else he would stay in jail. Sanchez said they were asking for $900.

A different person then got on the phone to give her directions on how to send money to help her grandson.

She said she felt uncomfortable abut the phone call and suspected it was a scam, but she also said the person sounded a lot like her grandson and she was afraid that what she was being told was true.

Sanchez did go to Wal-Mart on Monday to send a moneygram but was stopped from sending any money by a worker at the store.

“I was in shock, thinking he was in jail,” she said, adding that she just wants people to know about what happened to her, so they don’t fall victim to the scam.

Cpl. John Sabatino, public information officer, with the Cañon City Police Department, said the “grandkid in jail scam is pretty common.”

“As far as I know, no one’s lost money to the scam,” Sabatino said.

He said if anyone receives a call like the one Sanchez did that they should call the police.

“Anyone is more than welcome to call us, and we can check into it for them,” he said, adding if by chance it is true and a person’s grandchild is in jail somewhere, then the police will help still help them.

Sabatino also said a common scam being reported on in Cañon City is a person receiving a phone call from Publisher’s Clearing House.

“They’ll call saying you’ve won a bunch of money, but you have send them a certain amount first for the taxes,” he said.

Sabatino said, in general, if someone calls requesting money be sent over the phone or through a moneygram, then it is most likely a scam.

“If anyone is ever unsure though, they can always call us and we can do the legwork for them,” he said.

Source: canoncitydailyrecord.com

Apr 25, 2017

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