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Rusk County phone scam sheds light on East Texas epidemic


POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 10:14pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:54am

Because such a large number of trusting senior citizens call East Texas home, our area has become a prime target for over-the-phone scammers.

Case-in-point: last week, a Rusk County man was terribly deceived, when a voice over the phone claimed to be his distressed grandson, in dire need of help.

The man pretending to be his grandson, claimed he had been arrested and needed money for bail, he then handed the phone to another person who impersonated a deputy.

The grandfather wired them the money, only to find out, he had been had.

Scam artists use many trick and tactics to steal from people, but often their most effective tool, his attacking someone's heart.

The man's grandson is furious his grandfather was targeted.

"These people knew that my grandfather cared about me and they preyed upon it and that's what they do, they prey upon the people who care about their children, their grandchildren and that's what they target," the man did not want to be identified.

To help make sure this does not happen to your family, it's best to set your elderly family members down and tell them, if anyone calls and claims to be you in trouble, tell them to ask a question only you would know the answer to.

In most cases, the scam artist will hang up the phone.

But once money is wired to an account, in most instances, the money, and the scammers, will never be found.

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