General Crime

* Burlingame woman fell victim to a phone scam last week

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Police are reminding the public to exercise caution on the phone after a Burlingame woman fell victim to a scam last week. The woman was contacted on May 26 by a man claiming to be a friend of her grandson, San Mateo County officials said. The caller told the woman her grandson had been involved in a car accident in Niagara Falls and that she needed to send $1,200 via Western Union to Canada in order to help him pay for an attorney.

The woman sent the money as the caller requested and later contacted family and discovered that she had been conned. Police are reminding the public to not send money unless you verify the caller’s story and do not feel pressured into sending money. This particular type of scam mainly targets elderly victims, police said, and families are urged to discuss the threat and come up with a plan. A plan could include setting a code word in case of a real emergency or redirecting the call to a family member who is prepared to ask questions, police said.

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