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Asheville police warn of scam targeting elderly

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A pile of various denominations of bills appears on a table. (File/FOX Carolina) A pile of various denominations of bills appears on a table. (File/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Asheville police warned of a scam Thursday that targets elderly people.

Police said the scam involves a call from someone, pretending to be the victim's grandchild, who feigns financial troubles while on vacation in Mexico. They said the trouble usually involves a drunken driving charge or other criminal charges. They said the caller asks the victim to send money to pay for court fees.

Investigators said that in most of the cases the victims wire more than $10,000 to someone in Mexico.

Police said that the scam has been a nationwide problem. They asked residents to be cautious of calls received from outside the United States.

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