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"Grandparents Scam" resurfacing

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Posted By: Camila Orti
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If you're a grandparent, police want you to be aware of a phone scam going around Lincoln.

Police call it the "Grandparents Scam." Officials say it's not something authorities haven't seen before, but the scam seems to be resurfacing. Seven incidents have been reported since January 7th.

Harold Nelson was one of them. He got an interesting phone call Monday morning.

"There was a voice on the other end that says, 'Hi Grandpa,' and I was trying to place the voice," Nelson said.

Nelson says the caller, posing as his grandson, said he was in jail.

"I said, well you know what you sound a little old, he sounded like he was about 18 or 20, and I said because my oldest grandson is only 8 years old," Nelson said.

Needing money to bond out of jail is the basis of a phone scam that's been circulating through the Capital City.

"He tried real hard to make his voice sound emotional, you know like he's in real desperate need," Nelson said.

Police say the scammer does this to disguise their voice.

"Be on guard if the grandchild is crying or claims to have a broken jaw, a cold or other injuries that would make their voice difficult to distinguish," Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said.

Flood added, a second person might come on the line and pretend to be a Lincoln or Omaha police officer.

The callers have typically been asking for $7,500. Luckily, police say nobody in Lincoln has fallen for it yet. Officials warn if you get a call like this, be suspicious and ask questions, especially if they want you to wire money or use a courier service.

Authorities are still not sure how the callers are generating the numbers.

The Lincoln Police Dept. has more information on their website.

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