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Bank teller helps save Gleason woman from scam

Scam Alert copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Scam Alert copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) -- Lincoln County officials helped stop a Gleason woman from being scammed out of $8,000 last week.

The elderly woman was contacted by a scammer on a social media site who became her friend over time. He then asked the woman to open up a bank account at a local bank, and instructed her to cash a check and wire the money to relatives in Georgia who were in trouble.

A bank clerk spotted that the check was false and called police. Officials say this is a common scam that targets the elderly who may not be able to spot phony checks or bills as well.

Commonly called 'Grandma Scams', scammers also call up the elderly claiming to be grandchildren on in trouble while on holiday and ask for money to be wired. You can help your grandparents from being targeted by these scams by being careful about talking about your vacation plans on social media.