Scam artist targets elderly in Roswell

Roswell Police warn that a scam artist is at work and is targeting the elderly in the community.

Police said this week, a caller contacted a 77-year-old man impersonating his grandson. The caller begged the victim for cash because he supposedly needed bail money. The elderly victim sent a few thousand dollars through MoneyGram, but later realized he'd been duped.

Police want residents to be suspicious of a "relative"- or anyone- who calls asking for cash, urging them to hang up and call another family member to verify their story. They're also asking children of elderly parents to talk with them about unsolicited phone call scams.

If you've been targeted, Roswell Police ask that you call them and contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

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