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Police: Phone scammers targeting elderly

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HUGHES SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) -

According to Hughes Springs Police Chief Randy Kennedy, scammers from overseas are contacting elderly East Texans and telling them that a loved one in a different country needs their help.

Pretending to be a law enforcement official overseas, the caller encourages the person they contact to send money for their loved one. The fake official does not give any details about the situation the relative is in, they simply provide an address to send the money to.

Kennedy says recent scammers have been calling and demanding that East Texans send money to a loved one who has been jailed in Ecuador.

If the caller gives you the name of one of your actual family members tell them to give you a phone number, the name of a police official and the location of the jail. Tell the caller that you will contact the U.S. State Department and that all further transactions will go through that department.

Following the conversation, immediately hang up the phone and contact the U.S. State Department who will be able to tell you if you really do have a family member detained overseas. Do not give the caller any information about you or anyone in your family, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth or banking information.

Kennedy adds that East Texans should be aware that the Federal Bureau of Investigations or the U.S. State Department will contact you right away if you have a family member in trouble in a different country.

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