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Deputies warn of scam: "injured grandchild ploy"

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The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office is warning people of a scam involving people who are using social media sites to learn personal information about users, and then victimize their family members.

Deputies say people use things like Facebook and Twitter, looking for people who have detailed information about family members. People look for things like where they went to school, where they work, and other details listed on someone's account. They'll also search public records to try and find someone's grandparents, aunts or uncles.

Once they have the information, the scam begins by calling the grandparents or elderly relative of the person they found on social media. The person sounds professional, and makes it seem as though they are representing the grandchild due to an arrest of some sort.

The scammer will try to convince the victim that bond needs to be posted, and their "grandchild" needs money. In many cases, the person will say to purchase a money gram or a green dot card on which to put money.

Sheriff's Deputies say to first, double check your relative is truly not in harm. Next, authorities advise to call law enforcement and report the call.

Deputies say to never send a money gram or greet dot card to anyone without knowing it's a legitimate transaction. Once someone has a victim's PIN number and/or password for an account, he or she can go to any money gram or green dot card location in the country and withdraw money.

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