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Not Ready For Prime Time scam unwinds

Original post made on Sep 12, 2012

At a household in Menlo Park's Sharon Heights neighborhood (the resident requested anonymity), the phone calls began Tuesday, Aug. 28, at around 10:15 a.m. The caller claimed to be the resident's 13-year-old grandson calling from a jail holding cell and in urgent need of $2,000.

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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Sep 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Old scam. Had a call purportedly from my grandson who claimed he was in New York with a friend for a wedding. He was in school in Incline Village NV. The scammer used the wrong appellation for me, so I interrupted and asked when his birthday was. He hung up before getting to the point asking for bail money.

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Too bad the police couldn't act quicker and go with grandma to the store to catch the "agent". Doesn't MP have detectives?