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Phone Scammers Bilk Thousands Out Of Elderly Chickasha Woman

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A Chickasha woman is the latest victim of a phone scam targeting elderly people, after she wired money to a person she believed was her grandson on Wednesday.

According to a report by the Chickasha Police Department, the victim, who did not want to be identified, received a private call around noon on Wednesday. She told police the voice she heard sounded just like that of her grandson.

The victim told police the man she thought was her grandson told her he was in some kind of criminal trouble in the Dominican Republic. She said another man, claiming to be her "grandson's" attorney, asked her to send $3,450 to get him out of trouble.

The victim went to the Chickasha Wal-Mart and used "Money Gram" to wire the funds. She then says she spoke with her real grandson after sending the money. Her actual grandson told her that he was not in any trouble and that he did not ask for any money.

The grandson also told police that he had not been in the Dominican Republic since June or July of this year, and was unsure why anyone else would use his name.

Unless a scamming victim can stop the transfer before the money is actually collected, police say there is not much they can do. Police also say seniors often don't report scams.

If you have been scammed or someone attempts to scam you, the best course of action is to contact your local police and file a report.

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