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Scammers try to target West Fargo Grandmother

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But Maxine Sharratt isn't falling for it.


Crooks are targeting grandparents right here in the valley.
A West Fargo grandmother says she received a call from someone saying it was her granddaughter and they needed help.
But it turns out it was all a scam.
West Fargo grandmother, Maxine Sharratt, would do anything for her grandchildren.
But on Thursday afternoon, when her phone rang and the caller on the other line said it was her grand daughter she knew something was up.

"I asked, 'Who are you?' and she said, 'Grammy, It's Stephy'," says Sharratt.

The caller said she had flown to another country with a friend early that morning
and they had gotten into some trouble.

"She said she was in Haiti and in the car riding and got in trouble with marijuana in the trunk," says Sharratt.

Maxine knew something was fishy so she asked the caller to hold on a sec.

"I called my son and sure enough my granddaughter was at home," says Sharratt.

The caller didn't like that Maxine didn't fall for the scam.

"She said, 'you son of a *****, I will catch somebody else," says Sharratt.

At the West Fargo police department, Detective Derek Cruff says scammers are getting smarter these days thanks to the Internet.

"If you just type in a Google search you can find out so much information and with social media people need to be careful about that information," says Det. Derek Cruff.

Detective Cruff says to look for red flags.

"They will ask you to wire money and it won't be anywhere near where they are calling from," says Det. Cruff.

For Maxine Sharratt, she just hopes other grandparents don't fall for the scam on the other line.

"I hope people get smart enough and don't give out information on the other line," says Sharratt.

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