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Cash shipped to scammers by Auburn elderly

Elderly Auburn residents have shipped wads of cash to scammers who told them their young relatives needed money after being arrested for drunken driving, police said.

The victims were contacted by a man who told them that their son or grandson had been arrested for drunken driving. The victims were then directed to send more than $6,000 via Federal Express or United Parcel Service to an out-of-state location.

Only after the victims realize the money is lost do they report the scam to police. Auburn police request that any other fraud victims give the department a call.

Police also advise residents to verify that their loved ones are indeed in jail and in need of money.