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Police: Phone scam artist bilks $5,000 from 82-year-old man

Published On: Apr 05 2014 01:53:20 PM EDT
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State police in Bucks and Lehigh counties are trying to track down a pair of phone scam artists, one of whom bilked $5,000 from an 82-year-old man.

State Police say two separate scams were carried out over the phone by people pretending to be relatives in trouble and in need of cash.

The first incident happened recently in Milford Township, Bucks County.


Police say an 82-year-old man was conned out of $5,000.

Police say the man received a call from the crook -- who claimed that the victim's son was in legal trouble in the Netherlands -- and needed the cash.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Dublin at 215-249-9191.

The other incident happened recently in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, when a 57-year-old man was scammed out of $2,000.

In this case, police say the caller claimed to be the victim's grandson and he needed money to post bail.

Police say the victim bought four money packs from Walgreen's and gave out five credit card numbers.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call state police in Foegelsville at 610-395-1438.