Mar 6, 2015 4:20 PM

Multiple reported victims of 'Grandparent Scam' on NH Seacoast

DOVER - Multiple elderly residents have reported being victims of a "Grandparent Scam," Dover Police say.

One of the victims was a 78-year-old Dover man who told police that a caller claimed to be his grandson - stating that he was stuck in a Canadian prison and need bail money.

The elderly man sent the scammer several thousand dollars. Several days later, the scammer called back - stating that he needed more money. The man then sent several thousand more dollars, police said.

"This is not a common, but it's not infrequent that this type of thing happens,' said Lt. David Martinelli of the Dover Police Dept. "It usually happens with an elderly person - and a grandson or granddaughter - and they ask ‘don't tell the parents of the child' for anonymity purposes."

Martinelli said there have been other cases on the NH seacoast recently.

"I was contacted by a Dover resident, who informed me that their grandparents had been contacted, that it happened to them here in Dover within the last couple of weeks," Martinelli said. "A Somersworth resident also contacted the police department - because in the newspaper article it said to contact the Dover Police - but the Somersworth resident also called us to inform that they had been attempted to be scammed in this same manner."

Police say you should always callback your relative to confirm it's really them, and always remember that if you suspect it's a scam - call authorities.


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