FAIRVIEW - The Fairview Police is investigating a renewed scam that is bilking thousands of dollars from unsuspecting citizens.

The most recent scam involves someone calling and claiming to be a grandchild. The caller claims they are in trouble and have been arrested and jailed in Mexico. The caller will provide a detailed story of how they got caught up in a bad situation and need several thousand dollars for either bail or a "processing" fee.

The caller will instruct the victim that they should not tell anyone because it is "an open and ongoing investigation" and if they tell anyone it could cause further harm to their grandchild. The caller will also give an elaborate story on why a money order should be sent to the country of Haiti.

We urge citizens to be very vigilant and question any such request for money. A legitimate organization will provide contact information that can be easily verified. In the cases under investigation, fictitious phone numbers were provided. A quick check could have verified the information was a scam.

If you cannot independently verify the information- do NOT send money. It is a scam.

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ThereseW

Actually, I have received texts saying that my child is at the hospital having injuries and asking for money. After I received that, I quickly call the phone of my daughter and checking if she was okay. And then , I ignore the message and concluded that it was just a scam. Such incidents, we should be wise before we get panic about that message.

It isn’t known how many seniors fall victim to fraud every year, as a large number go unreported. According to MSNBC, the 2008 study by MetLife and Virginia Tech estimated one in six instances of financial fraud or financial abuse committed against the elderly is reported. The Investor Protection Trust, according to the Washington Post, estimates that one of every five seniors has suffered some sort of fraud in the past year. Take a review here

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