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Police warn of 'grandparents scam'

Michigan State Police are warning the public after a 'grandparents scam' has been reported in the Alpena area.

ALPENA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Michigan State Police are warning the public after a 'grandparents scam' has been reported in the Alpena area.

The MSP Alpena Post says they have received several calls from residents who say they have been contacted by phone by someone claiming to be their grandchild.

The caller claims they seem to be in some sort of trouble and says the resident needs to send them money because of an injury or being in jail.

Troopers say the scammer will beg the grandparent not to contact the child's parents as they do not want to get into more trouble with them.

After the story of being in trouble, the caller will then convince the victim to send them money through prepaid cards, such as Green Dot Money cards or even gift cards.

Michigan State Police are advising that if you receive this type of call to not give out any personal information and to contact the parent of your grandchild to confirm their story.

If you receive another call, tell the caller you know it is a scam and say you have notified law enforcement.

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