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HAMMOND | A North Hammond senior citizen who thought he was helping his grandson get out of a Spanish jail on Friday was instead taken for $3,200, police said.

The 89-year-old North Calumet Avenue resident said he got a call from a man claiming to be his grandson, who said he needed $3,200 wired to him in Madrid so he could get out of jail.

The grandfather did as instructed, but got another call later that day informing him that the money was never received, and to send it again from a different Western Union office.

Western Union officials told him that the initial transfer did go through, the victim said, and then he found out that his grandson was neither in Spain nor in jail.

In such situations, law enforcement officials recommend contacting local police departments before sending any money, as they can check with their foreign counterparts to find out if the described emergency is real, or just a confidence scam. !~ By Steve Zabroski, Times Correspondent

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