Montgomery County Police are warning elderly residents about a scam targeting grandparents.
Scam artists are calling residents, posing as grandchildren in trouble. They ask that money be wired to an account right away.
Police say there have been five incidents since mid-October, primarily in Friendship Heights. Two of the victims wired more than $2,000 to the con artists. Investigators say it's unlikely they ever recover a dime of it.
"The accounts are set up with false information, and quickly shut down once the money is wired," Captain Paul Starks of Montgomery County Police says.
Someone posing as Nina Merrick's grandson called her Silver Spring home, trying to get her to wire $1,500 to him in Greece to pay for damage to a rental car. When she and her husband started asking questions, the thieves hung up.
"My husband asked for a number so he could call him back after he thought about it," Merrick says. "He didn't want to provide the number."
And they didn't send the money.
The FBI has been investigating these grandparent scams since 2008.
Here are some tips to help you avoid being scammed:
--Resist pressure to act quickly.
--Contact your grandchild or a relative to make sure the call is legitimate.
--Never wire money based solely on a phone call or email.
--Verify the emergency first...
If you think you've been scammed, you should call Montgomery County Police at 240-773-5330
For more information on the grandparent scam, contact the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636
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