Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It’s an old scam that’s hitting Wichita hard again – six cases in just 2 weeks.
Last week, we told you about the arrest of grandparent scammers in Los Angeles, pretending to be a grandchild in need of money. One local family almost fell victim over Thanksgiving.
Jesse Hernandez does everything he can to protect his elderly, Spanish-speaking parents. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the family received a call. Jesse’s cousin from El Paso, Texas was coming.
"At the beginning we all believed it - cousin is coming,” Jesse said. “That's good; everyone is happy it being the holidays."
The family waited anxiously. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, the next call came.
“They said they were in Kansas close by and they were in car accident and that they needed some money," Jesse said.
The caller said he needed $2,000 to settle the accident claim.
"This is a scam that plays on peoples generosity and their desire to help the family," said Wichita Police Lt. Joe Schroeder.
Wichita police say this old scam is making a comeback – six cases in 2 weeks.
"Telling them they are injured or in jail or stranded and they need money,” Schroeder said. “Then they request they send money Western Union to an unknown location."
Fortunately, the Hernandez family became suspicious and called their relative. He was not in Kansas and not in an accident.
Wichita police say if you get that phone call, simply hang up and call the relative and confirm they need help before sending any money to anyone.
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