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Published November 19, 2013, 04:32 PM

Devils Lake police urge caution after grandmother scammed out of 10,000 dollars

The Devils Lake Police Department is warning about dangerous scams after a local grandmother lost 10,000 dollars.

The Devils Lake Police Department is warning about dangerous scams after a local grandmother lost 10,000 dollars.

Police say a 79-year-old woman got a call last Thursday claiming her grandson was in jail in Peru. The caller told the woman to wire 10,000 dollars to Peru in order to release him.

She did, even though her grandson wasn't in Peru and wasn't traveling abroad. Devils Lake Police Detective Sue Schwab says it's next to impossible to get the money back after it's in a different country. She says scams like this aren't especially common but they are something people should watch for.

"Always be aware. You hate to have to tell people that but you must always be conscious of the fact that this phone call could be a scam" said Schwab.

Police offer these tips to avoid being scammed:

If you're suspicious of a call, hang up immediately.

Call any family members mentioned.

And you can always call the police to report potential scams.

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