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December 12, 2008

Elder Abuse: Police Warn of Scams Targetting Seniors (ME. USA)

Police: Scams target seniors
BY AMY CALDER
Staff Writer
12/11/2008

WATERVILLE -- Police are investigating scams against elderly women in which people posing as the women's grandchildren call and convince them to send money.
In two recent cases, an 89-year-old Winslow woman sent $1,600 to someone she thought was her granddaughter, and a Waterville woman, 86, wired her supposed grandson $5,740, according to police.

The women are out the money and police say identifying the culprits will be difficult.

"It's extremely unfortunate when elderly members of the community are targeted to be the victims of these types of crimes," Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said Wednesday.

Abridged
SOURCE: Kennebec Journal
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