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The Bottom Line: Summer phone scams

Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 10:18 PM EDT
ALBANY -- With the start of summer, comes a spike in phone scams.

That's the word from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who's putting out a warning specifically on phone scams targeting seniors.

And most of them are scams that CBS 6's Dori Marlin gets The Bottom Line on almost every year.

For example: 

- The so-called "Grandparent Scam," where a caller pretends to be someone's grandchild - saying they're in trouble and need money wired to them immediately to help.

- Lottery scams, where the victim is told they're a winner - but that they have to wire money to cover taxes and fees on the winnings.

- IRS scams, where the caller pretends to be from the agency - claiming the victim owes money on their taxes.

- Utility scams, where the caller might pretend to be National Grid or another utility company - then tells the victim they owe money on a payment that's past due.

Plus, one we haven't seen all that much locally:

- Jury duty scams, where the caller tells the victim they failed to report to court - and that they'll be arrested unless they pay a fine.

The Bottom Line from Schneiderman:  Be on guard for those calls, and just say no.The Bottom Line: Summer phone scams


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