• Bail money phone scam targets grandparents who love their grandkids a little too much

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    Bail money phone scam targets grandparents who love their grandkids a little too much

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — From the second Bob Stephens picked up the phone Friday morning, he had a feeling something wasn’t quite right.

    Yet, for the next several minutes, he was convinced he was speaking to his only grandson, Matt, who told him a story about an out-of-state wedding reception, a car accident, a DUI and a need for bail money.

    “He said, Grandpa, this is Matt,” Stephens recalled to NewsChannel 4. “None of my grandkids — nor my great grandkids — has ever called me Grandpa. They call me Paw Paw.”

    But, out of concern for his grandson, Stephens continued to listen to the story.

    “By the end, I was calling him Matt, so I feel like I was actually taken in a little bit,” he said. “This one is pretty convincing, yeah, and I can see how people can be swayed into sending money.”

    The AARP said it’s a common scam making the rounds, targeting senior citizens with a love for their grandchildren.

    In some cases, scammers may have stolen or bought information that makes them sound more convincing.

    In other cases, they wait for the person on the other …read more  

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