by Michael Schwanke
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
11:03 AM CST, November 11, 2011
The Better Business Bureau wants to warn relatives of military personnel about a scam.
It's just like the grandparent scam, where a person gets a call from someone pretending to be their grandchild. The caller says they need money to get bailed out of some kind of trouble.
A Newton couple is the latest victim and almost wired $2,300. The couple was stopped before they sent the money by an alert Dillons employee. Customer Service Representative Brenda Hershberger says she knew something wasn't right. She says the couple appeared stressed and confused so she began asking questions. Once she heard the story she knew it was a scam and put the couple in touch with the right people.
It's a another version of the familiar grandparent scam. The couple got a call from someone claiming to be their grandson stationed at an Air Force Base. The told him that he was in jail for illegally fishing in Spain. A follow up call, supposedly from the American Consulate, asked the grandfather for $2,300.00.
The BBB says anyone who receives this kind of call should contact them at 1-800-856-2417.
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