Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:56 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - An elderly man in Corpus Christi did not fall victim to a scammer who called claiming the man's daughter was in Mexico and needed cash to bail her out of jail.
Police say the caller claimed he was a clergyman calling from the US Embassy in Mexico City where the daughter had been arrested for possession of marijuana.
The victim was told he needed to wire $1,600 to pay for court fees and a flight home. The caller also claimed the monies would be reimbursed by the US Government.
The 83-year-old victim called police, who made their own phone call to the "clergyman." The officer informed the man that it would be difficult to get the daughter to court in Mexico, considering she was safe and sound in Missouri.
Police advise residents not to fall victim to these "Grandparent Scams." For more information, visit the US State Department's website - here.
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