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Don't Send That Money to Peru

Lafayette police warn of phone scam in which a supposed relative is stranded in Lima.

Bay City News Service

Police in Lafayette issued a fraud alert earlier this week after a number of residents reported a phone scam in which someone requested money for a supposed relative in Peru.

Several residents on Thursday reported receiving calls from someone saying that a grandchild had been arrested while visiting Lima, Peru, and requesting money for bail or airfare. Residents are then asked to wire money via Western Union to Lima to help the family member, police said.

Police are reminding residents to verify the location of the family member mentioned in the phone call before wiring money to ensure that they are not dealing with a scammer.

Anyone uncertain about the validity of such a request is invited to call police at (925) 284-5010 or via the police tipline at 94549Tip@gmail.com.

newswatch November 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
This happened to my mom several months ago and she did western union the money. Orinda police came up to take a report but couldn't do anything. In this case it was her grandson (my son) supposedly in Canada. I think that this happens a lot but the people (mainly the elderly) are too embarrassed to admit they were scammed and never mention it.
newswatch November 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
BTW what happened to J.D. O'Connor?

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