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Sheriff's Office warns of telephone scam targeting the elderly

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is warning people of a telephone scam apparently targeting the elderly. At least three senior citizens have complained to the office that they received phone calls from a person claiming to be a young relativ...

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is warning people of a telephone scam apparently targeting the elderly.

At least three senior citizens have complained to the office that they received phone calls from a person claiming to be a young relative. The caller claimed that they had been in a motor vehicle accident and that Canadian authorities would not allow them to leave the country until they pay for the damages done to the other car. The caller then asked for the senior to wire money to Canadian destination, promising to repay the money later. One senior, believing the caller was a grandson, wired $4,800.

The Sheriff's Office is attempting to investigate the cases, but it is very difficult since the money is going to another country. The office cautions people to be sure whom they are dealing with if they receive such a call, to get a callback number, and to seek help from law enforcement agencies or other relatives.

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