May 26, 2018
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Belfast police issue warning after woman scammed out of $2,900

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Police are warning community members about a “grandson scam,” which reportedly led to a local woman being bilked of nearly $3,000.

The woman called police last week to report that she had received a phone call alerting her that her grandson had been arrested in Canada and needed $2,900 in bail money. She sent that sum to Canada through Western Union, said Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

He said the money likely will be impossible to recover.

Others have called to report getting similar phone calls, which are made by someone purporting to be a grandson or other relative in distress or claiming to be a police officer calling on behalf of a relative.

Cunningham urged people to be vigilant and to call local police if they have questions about phone calls they receive from law enforcement agencies requesting money or from relatives allegedly in jail.

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