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Maryland State Police warn residents of ‘grandparent scam’

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Scammers are convincing some seniors that their grandchildren are in need of bail money to get out of jail.

MARYLAND, USA — Maryland State Police are investigating a slew of cases where senior citizens have been scammed into giving away thousands of dollars.

Officials are calling it the “grandparent scam” as scammers are convincing some seniors that their grandchildren are in need of bail money to get out of jail. 

So far this month, the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack has received two reports of this scam since Feb. 3. In these cases, the scammers stole $9,200 and $15,000, respectively, from their victims. Many cases have also been reported in other parts of Maryland and across the country in recent months. 

Police say that in each case, the suspects call a senior citizen and claim to be one of their grandchildren who have been involved in a car crash or some other legal trouble and were arrested. The person on…

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