The Los Angeles Police Department is warning seniors who live in the Granada Hills area about a telephone scam.
They say some residents are being asked to wire money to callers who claim to be their grandchildren.
Callers usually ask for bail money or financial help to return home from a foreign country. They are usually emotional and ask for their parents not to be contacted.
The money is always asked to be sent using Western Union.
Authorities say money should never be wired without first verifying someone’s identity and story with other family members.