Elderly targeted in phone scam

Police are warning residents that someone has been scamming elderly people out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be their grandson. The caller uses the actual names of the victims’ grandsons and asks for a random amount, saying he was in an accident, or in jail, or some other story to explain the need for immediate cash.

The suspect asks that the money be transferred via moneygram from Wal-Mart to Canada. Police report that 10 victims have been identified from Maine, several from Massachusetts, and one from Nashua.

Police advise never sending or wiring money to unfamiliar persons or companies and report any suspected fraud to police.