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I was scrolling through the internet when I found this article from Fox 59 in Indiana that I just had to share with you.

It told the story of a woman who was tricked into giving up $1500 because she was tricked into thinking her parents were being held hostage.

You read that right.

The story went on to say that the scammers were smart enough to use her parents' number for the Caller ID, to trick the woman into picking up the phone. Once she did, she heard what sounded like a realistic robbery scene, and was duped into sending the money.

You may have guessed that her parents (thankfully) weren't on the other end of that phone call at all! It was all scam.

As the article said, it's important we spread the word about this one since it can be especially deceiving. The holiday season is right around the corner, and people are desperate to do anything for a buck. And, it turns out, the week of November 14th is actually International Fraud Awareness Week. So what perfect timing to share the news.

Scams have been on the rise lately. Recently, I also warned you about a dating app scam and a job-hunting scam.

Remember to always keep your eyes and ears open when you receive an unexpected email, text, or phone call. Look out for anything suspicious, like misspellings, weird links, and if you do get a phone call, don't be so quick to give out personal information.

Let's all stay safe, Ocean County!

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