The District Attorney’s Office is warning the public of a scam that has been reported by several county law enforcement agencies.
The so-called “Grandparent Scam” targets elders and involves a call from someone claiming to be a grandchild in an emergency. The person on the phone then asks for a money wire transfer to be bailed out of jail in a foreign country.
Recently, a scammer called a local elder, pretended to be her granddaughter in a Dominican Republic jail, and asked for money. The girl passed the phone to a man who said he was a police officer and gave the address of a local Western Union branch where the grandmother could wire the money.
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The concerned grandmother wired $5,082 and the scammers then said the money had been received but too late, and they’d need more to get her out of jail.
The local grandmother became suspicious and contacted authorities to learn her granddaughter was safe in the U.S. and that the call was a scam.
The DA’s Office advises locals not to wire money to: people they don’t know (in the U.S. or in a foreign country); people claiming to be a relative; someone who says wire transfer is the only form of payment acceptable; someone who asks to deposit a check and send some of the money back.
For more info, contact the DA’s Office Economic Crime Unit at 781-5896.
— Nick Wilson
The California Conservation Corps will help remove two culverts in Estero Bluffs State Park west of Highway 1 and north of Cayucos, State Parks announced.
Installed some time ago to expedite water drainage, the concrete and pipe culverts in San Geronimo and Swallow creeks are no longer working, according to the announcement, and their removal will prevent erosion, restore habitat and eliminate eyesores.
The work will be paid for by funds from the Trust for Public Lands and the Cayucos Land Conservancy. Work is to begin by Oct. 15.
— Bert Etling
The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos will hold a free event, “Voices on the Verandah,” on Saturday.
The event starts at 1 p.m. and features three women dressed in period clothing, who will share stories about life as experienced by the Dana family women during the 1800s.
The Dana Adobe is at 671 S. Oakglen Ave. in Nipomo. Call 929-5679 or go to www.danaadobe.org for information.
— Cynthia Lambert