Jersey City man accused of scamming Maine couple

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A Jersey City man is facing charges after allegedly scamming a Maine couple out of thousands of dollars.

Police say that Eliezer Velasquez called the couple twice, posing as their grandson. He allegedly asked the couple to send him $8,500 for bail money through FedEx. He told them to send the money to a vacant home in Clifton, according to police.

Clifton police say that they started to investigate after a third attempt to get money from the couple.

Police say that this is a popular scam in the tri-state area. They remind the public to never pay someone through FedEx, wire transfer or on a prepaid credit card.

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