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Mar 12, 2010 3:44 PM by Kelly Bush

Seniors warned about telephone scam

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is warning seniors about a telephone scam after a Los Osos resident lost $2,400 on March 4th.

Detectives say he received a call at his home from someone pretending to be his grandson, who said he was in custody in Canada after being arrested for driving under the influence and being involved in a crash. There was also a second person on the line claiming to be a public defender, who asked for money for bail. The victim wired the money and was contacted a second time by the same suspects, who said they needed an additional $2,400 dollars.

Detectives say this scam has been around for the last year nationwide. If you receive a call like this, they recommend getting a call back name and number and then checking with the person or relative to see if the call is a scam.

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