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The Bottom Line: Family Member Phone Scam

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

NORTH GREENBUSH -- Scammers strike again, preying upon the emotions of local victims.

A Bottom Line Alert from the North Greenbush Police Department, after they say several people in Defreestville and Wynantskill have become victims of fraud. 

The common threads in all the cases?

Police say an unknown caller is contacting victims stating that a family member was in trouble, usually abroad, and they would need to wire money via Western Union to help the family member out. 

If the scheme sounds familiar, it's because the premise is similar to what's known as "Grandparent Scam" which CBS 6's Dori Marlin has gotten The Bottom Line on before.  And police do say that in one of these cases, the victim thought it was their grandson they were helping.

The Bottom Line once again?

Be on guard, if you receive one of these phone calls.

If you have elderly family members, make sure you warn them about these phone calls, as well.

And officials say you should contact your local police department first, before wiring any money.

The Bottom Line: Family Member Phone Scam

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