Maine couple talks about common scam targeting seniors

March 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grandmother and grandfather from Maine are sharing their story of getting duped out of more than a $1,000 to help educate others about the so-called “grandparents scam.”

Rita and Stephen Shiman said they received a convincing call from someone claiming to be their grandson saying he’d been jailed in Atlanta. They say a man purporting to be a public defender told them that they need to pay $1,230 to get the matter resolved.

The Saco couple shared their story about being panicked into making the payment during a hearing of the Aging Committee on Wednesday. They said they missed the many “red flags.”

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, committee chairwoman, said the panel’s Fraud Hotline received more than 1,400 complaints of frauds targeting seniors during 2017.

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