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State reps to host seminar to keep seniors from being scammed

Palo Alto senior was called Monday by man who alleged grandson was in trouble

The phone call an 83-year-old Palo Alto resident received on Monday morning, Sept. 23, was enough to send any grandparent into rescue mode. The caller, one Sgt. Anthony Bates, said he was at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic. The Palo Alto man's grandson was languishing in a Santiago jail. Release was possible, but the grandson needed $450. The money had to be wired as soon as possible through Western Union.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Those that prey on the young and elderly should be sent straight to jail for a long time.


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Posted by vkmo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I agree with Hmmmm


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Posted by vkmo
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

I was scammed by a company called GMY. They said they were calling from Medicare, asked for my social security account no and bank account. After the call I checked their 800 number and discovered they were scammers. I immediately went to my bank and changed my checking account. This caused a lot of effort to notify my automatic payment companies (and social security dept) of this change. I called FBI and they suggested I call FTC. FTC rep I spoke to said there were other complaints against this company.


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