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Apr 27, 2016 12:33 PM

Dover police warning residents of 'grandparents scam'

DOVER — Police are warning residents to watch out for the "grandparents scam" - a telephone scam that has been targeting older people for money.

Police said they've received numerous reports from residents saying they've been phone scammed. This is a common type of scam where a telephone caller will claim to be a younger relative, and will request money to be wired to them at an out of state - or even out of country - location.

The scammer will often claim to have been arrested for drunken driving or as the result of some sort car accident asking for bail money.

If targeted by such a scam, police are asking residents to contact the Dover Police Department, or for out of town residents to contact their local police departments.

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