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Consumer Alert

Think before sending money to ‘relative’ in trouble

At a vulnerable moment, when they just wanted to help a grandson they believed to be in trouble in Mexico, a Barnstable couple sent $5,600. They thought they were wiring cash to him, according to news reports, but instead they became victims of the grandparent scam.

The scam has been around for a long time, but has evolved and expanded with the growth of social media. Con artists can now collect more information — including when a family member is away — to make their pitch to potential victims more believable.

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