Families of Mormon missionaries being targeted in phone scam

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A telephone scam is targeting grandparents of Mormon missionaries, asking for money to release their relatives from jail.

The Utah Department of Commerce is warning that an Idaho couple received a call claiming their missionary grandchild was facing DUI charges and that they needed money for bail. The couple ended up sending almost $4,000 via wire transfer.

Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say families with missionaries should be careful of those looking to take advantage. Scammers may look at social media searching for potential victims who post about their loved ones on missions.

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