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A telephone scam is targeting Texoma. Knowing the red flags are your only defense.

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Wichita Falls, TX - It starts with a simple phone call. Once you pick up the voice on the other side is your grandson, or is it?

Betty Rea, a Wichita Falls resident, took a suspicious phone call thinking it was her Grandson. She answered the phone and said hello, then the voice responded, “Grandma?”

“And I said yeah, who’s this?” asked Rea.

"You don’t know?," asked the voice.

 "No, Jeremy?" asked Rea.

At that point, Rea had given away her grandsons name. The caller was not her grandson Jeremy; it was a con-artist looking to get money from Rea.

The con-artist proceeded to tell her that he had won a trip to Mexico off the radio, saying he was in trouble and needed money.

She realized his scam knowing that Jeremy was not in Mexico. Rea then hung up the phone.

Monica Horton, the Better Business Bureau of North central Texas, says there are some red flags Texomans should know before answering the telephone in the future.

“The scam works, otherwise it wouldn't be continuing,” said Horton. “The BBB's advice is to not give out any personally identifiable information. A lot of times they are giving up the Grandchild's name and they don't realize it. Just know the red flags of this scam and basically if you're being contacted by someone posing to be your grandchild, they're usually in another country. The scenario changes but it’s usually some sort of distress. They ask you not to tell the parents this is another red flag, and if you're wiring money to someone outside the United States that should be a big red flag.”

Horton says the scam takes the best of people because emotions are running high, saying this has the tendency to cloud your judgment.

Brody Carter

Newschannel 6