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Local officials caution people about 'grantparent phone scams'

Ridgefield Police says residents, especially seniors, should be aware of phone scammers continuing to thrive during the pandemic.  The so-called grandparent scam is once again circulating.  

The caller may allege a relative has been kidnapped or that a family member is being held because they caused an auto accident but won't be allowed to go to the hospital until damages are paid. Scam callers will then typically provide the victim with specific instructions and to stay on the line until money is wired.

The FBI cautioned that some incoming calls have an outside area code, sometimes from Puerto Rico with area codes (787), (939) and (856). 

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass says anyone receiving such a call is urged, while staying on the line with the alleged kidnappers, to try to call the alleged kidnap victim from another phone.

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