The grandparent phone scam is making its way through the Akron area.


Elderly women from Green and Cuyahoga Falls recently reported to local police that they were bilked out of cash in the swindle.


And a Bath Township couple reported being targeted but they didn’t send any money as requested.


The local grandparents said they received phone calls from people posing as their grandchildren. The people claimed they were in trouble in South America and needed cash wired to them.


The Green woman transferred $3,400 to Bolivia. The Cuyahoga Falls woman sent $2,800 to Peru. And the Bath Township couple said they planned to wire $2,800 to Peru but Acme Fresh Market employees urged them not to fall for the ruse.


The so-called “grandparent scam” isn’t new. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warned Ohioans in April 2011 to avoid falling for the con.


In the typical scam, con artists call grandparents and say “Hi Grandma” or “Hi Grandpa.” The scammers then make up a story that they are in trouble — most of the time with police in foreign countries — and need cash, but they don’t want to let their parents know.


Authorities urge people not to wire money under those circumstances and to ask questions that only their grandchildren would know the answers.


DeWine also warned Ohioans last week to be on the lookout for sweepstakes scams. Last year, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section logged nearly 1,500 complaints about sweepstakes and prizes that reportedly cost Ohioans about $2 million.


“In a typical sweepstakes scam, consumers receive a letter or call saying they’ve won an international lottery,” DeWine said in a prepared statement. “In order to collect the winnings, however, they must send money to cover processing fees or taxes. In reality, they haven’t won a prize, and any money they send will be lost.”


He urged consumers to report potential scams or unfair business practices to his office at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov or 800-282-0515.