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Sandy Springs PD warns of scams aimed at seniors

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Sandy Springs Police Department sends out warnings to consumers about elderly scams. Good Day Atlanta got a chance to follow up with the police department to find out just how well this community minded system works.

Recently, the police department noted that they've been flooded with calls, e-mails and walk-ins about seniors getting scammed. Police say there are definitely some warning signs people can keep in mind in case they think they've come across an offer that's too good to be true.

It's a nightmare for a Sandy Springs grandmother, who told FOX 5 Atlanta that she didn't want her face shown. It started this past Tuesday morning with a phone call. On the other end was a man who said he was her grandson.

She said, "The voice came on and said, ‘Grandma,' and then it went on and on and rambled. It was difficult for me to understand what was being said. But, every other word was ‘Grandma, grandma, grandma.'"

The voice told her that was in jail in the Dominican Republic. He said that during a vacation with friends he was arrested after drugs were found in the car he rode in. She told FOX 5 Atlanta that she was suspicious of the story.

She said, "It was very unlikely that this grandson would be involved in something like that. He's really quite a straight-arrow type."

But, against her better judgment, she says she bought the story.

Over the course of two days, this 84-year-old woman went back and forth to her local store and used Western Union and MoneyGram to wire thousands of dollars to her fake grandson.

Sandy Springs police says fraud crimes perpetrated on senior citizens are on the rise in their area. They've recently sent out warnings to local residents noting the most common scams – like fake alarm or LifeAlert companies offering a free product. The phony caller will require a credit card number in order to send out the product, though.

Or, the story of a fake relative in dire need asking for money.

Bottomline: Be suspicious of a phone that doesn't sound like someone you know. And, check with local authorities if you are concerned, too.

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