Ohio AG: Over 40 fooled by grandchild scam this year

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine takes a question at a news conference where he announced indictments against four additional people connected to the 2012 rape of a high school student in Steubenville, Ohio. Shortly after taking office in 2011, DeWine started hearing about law enforcement agencies that had untested rape kits. He asked all of them to send the evidence to the state crime lab to be processed at no cost to local authorities. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Grandparents be warned: Scammers are targeting you by pretending to be your grandchildren.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said that as part of the scam, someone will call and claim to be a grandchild who is away from home, in trouble and in need of money.

The grandparents are then asked to send thousands of dollars to help the grandchild return home safely.

The scheme has taken advantage of at least 40 Ohioans this year, according to DeWine.

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