BEVERLY, MA — Beverly police are the latest in the North Shore to warn residents of an increase in telephone scams with scammers using numbers that appear to be coming from legitimate agencies like the IRS, Medicare, Social Security, the FBI and local police to target older residents.

Police said one of the leading scam attempts is the “grandparent scam” in which older residents are contacted by someone claiming that a grandchild, niece or nephew is in trouble and needs to have money wired to get them out of it. Often, the scammer will tell the older relative that the younger relative wants to keep things quiet and not tell parents or other relatives.

“The victim is told to gather up either cash, or gift cards and to either allow someone to come and pick up the items or wire the money or gift card numbers to an address,” Beverly police said. “Residents are asked to be vigilant if they receive this type of call and to notify the department if you feel you’ve been a victim.”

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Beverly police can be reached at 978-922-1212.


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(Scott Souza is a Patch field editor covering Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He can be reached at Scott.Souza@Patch.com. Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)

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