Elderly Scammed By 'Relatives' Seeking Aid

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A new scam is on the rise throughout the country; con men, posing as "grandchildren", have been calling elderly men and women and asking for emergency cash. "Please send me $5,000 for bail," they plead. "And please ... don't tell Mom."


Alison Preszler, spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau

Calvin Haddad, mother died as a result of phone scam

Chris Painter, deputy assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division



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