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Bail scam surfaces again, New Haven police say

A New Haven couple has received a phone call from someone asking for $1,000 to bail their grandson out of jail, New Haven police said today.

The caller told the couple that their grandson had been in a taxi in Mexico over spring break, that it had been stopped by police and that drugs were found in the wheel well, police said in a statement.

When told the grandson should call his father for help, the caller said the grandson was afraid to get in trouble by calling him, the statement said.

It said the New Haven residents hung up, but were called back and handed off to someone claiming to be a U.S. Embassy employee, also asking for $1,000 for the grandson's bail.

The residents hung up again and checked with their relatives in California, who confirmed their grandson was in school, not in Mexico, the statement said.

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