'Grandparent Scam' targets Michiana residents

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SOUTH BEND The Better Business Bureau is warning Michiana residents about two scams affecting the area.

The first is a recurring phone call many have labeled the "Grandparent Scam." A caller will claim to be a grandchild in trouble and in need of money. Often, the caller will say they are on spring break. In this case, they asked for $4,000 on a Green Dot MoneyPak card.

The second scam is a phony package claiming the recipient has won the lottery. The letter is disguised with similar colors as a popular mail carrier, but has not been verified by the BBB. The package sender is the Consolidated Awards Bureau and Priority Air. It will ask for a $20 surcharge by cash, check or money order.

If you receive a call or letter, contact the Better Business Bureau.

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