‘Grandparent’ scam continues popping up in Muscatine

The Muscatine Police Department continues to receive calls concerning a scam that targets older citizens and usually involves a request for money.

A recent victim went so far as to withdraw funds from the bank before realizing it was a scam.

The calls target individuals over age 65 either by phone or email posting as either a relative in distress or someone claiming to represent the relative, such as a lawyer or police officers.

Most messages begin with “Hi grandma” or “Hi grandpa” with the con artist then explaining that they are in trouble and in need of money. Other calls come from unidentified individuals who are requesting funds to get a relative out of trouble.

Police say don’t fall for it, and if there is any question, call the police department for help.

This story originally appeared on the Voice of Muscatine. Read More local stories here.

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