H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Nov 22, 2013 7:47 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

SLO County Sheriffs Office warns public about phone scam

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has a warning about a phone scam.

The so-called "Grandparent" scam involves someone calling an elderly resident, posing as a grandchild who needs money for bail or emergency medical treatment.

While the scam has been around for several years, the Sheriff's Office says it has received several complaints in the last few weeks.

In one case, a local couple withdrew approximately $1,700 from their bank account to wire the money overseas, but an alert bank manager stopped the transaction.

The Sheriff's Office offers these tips to protect yourself from such a scam:
• Verify the caller's identity by contacting your grandchild or another family member.
• Resist the pressure to act quickly.
• Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email.

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