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New tricks in an old scam

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Troy, who doesn't want to reveal his last name, said he saved his mother from falling victim to a scam. A thief posing as his brother-in-law chose one Ouachita Parish woman in her 90's to target. Troy recounts what was told to him by his mother.

"He had gotten himself into trouble in Miami, Florida and needed $2,000," Troy said.

Troy handles the money matters for his mother. So then, he says he called the relative in question.

"He answered the phone, I said 'Bill, where are you' and he says 'I'm at work, working over here in Alabama where I live'," Troy said.

Troy realized it was some people with a urge to steal, that alerted him to dodge the scam. Unfortunately, one Ouachita Parish senior is now upset after falling for the crooks.

One man, who's going by "Wesley" and not revealing his face, says he thought his grandson was behind bars in Mexico and needed cash to get out.

"They told me not to tell anybody because it wouldn't be on his record if nobody found out about it, they were going to drop all the charges," Wesley said.

Shortly after the call, Wesley wired nearly $4,000 he thought was going to be used for bail money and lawyer fees.
     
"This thing is bigger than what we think it is,"Wesley said.

If you ever get caught in a scam, contact your local sheriff's office. Also, the BBB can be reached at (318) 387-4600.

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