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Police warn seniors of phone scams

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (Network Indiana): Another one. This time an 80-year-old, elderly man in Johnson County.

He was scammed out of at least $8,000 over the phone because he believed his grandchildren were “in trouble.” That’s according to the phone scammer.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said the report of this incident came in Thursday and it’s all too familiar: “Unfortunately, we see these fraud reports every day,” he said. “It would have been more (money) than that but one of the envelopes that was sent got returned because of an improper address.”

Cox said scammer was impersonating himself as the man’s grandchildren, and that’s how he was able to fraud him out of the money.

The problem with catching these individuals is the fact that many of them out there are overseas, “Which makes it hard to catch them. Not even federal officials,” said Cox.

Cox saw if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, don’t engage in conversations with these individuals. Secondly, do your homework and hang up on them immediately if they call.

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