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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Thursday about a telephone scam that targets senior citizens, telling them their grandchild or another relative has been arrested in a foreign country and needs bail money.

Targeted seniors have reported receiving calls from private numbers. In some cases, the callers have pretended to be the person’s grandchild and claimed to be in need of $2,000 to get out of jail in Mexico. In other cases, callers have portrayed Mexican authorities and told the victim they needed to wire $2,000 to get their grandchild out of jail.

The sheriff’s office asked residents to share information about the scam with people they know and to contact police if they receive sketchy phone calls asking them to send money.

Similar scams occur frequently across the country and target people of all ages, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

JEFF NEWMAN