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The Better Business Bureau warns of a new type of scam aimed at senior citizens

What's known as the grandparents scam has been going on across the state. Erin Dufner with the Austin BBB says it started with people posing as someone's grandchild who has been hurt or needs money. She says there's now a twist that goes along with it and says,"Now 18, 20, and 25-year-olds are receiving calls from people saying that they're the grandparent that's in trouble." Dufner says people shouldn't feel pressured to respond. She says they should check with relatives to verify the story and be wary of callers requesting money, claiming to be in another country or insisting on secrecy.

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