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PORTLAND -- Pauline, who does not want to share her last name, talks on the phone quite often. Earlier in the week she thought she was talking to one of her five granddaughters.

The girl needed some help.

I said, 'what do you need my help for,' and she said, 'I'm in jail,' and I said, 'what are you in jail for?'

The girl told Pauline she was in jail in Hawaii and needed $3,000 to get out. She then handed over the phone to a man she said was a Honolulu police officer.

I said, 'is this a scam,' and he said, 'if you think this is a scam you can hang up but I'm the police and you have to believe me,' said Pauline.

The two went back and forth for a few minutes before Pauline hung up. Her next call was to her granddaughter who turned out to be just fine and on her way to work. It turned out to be a scam.

It is called the Grandparent Scam and authorities say it is active in our community.

Portland police say these scams are especially problematic, because there isn't an easy way to find the perpetrators or get the money back.

These cases are very frustrating because the money is immediately out of the country and there's nothing we can do locally except warn people, said Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.

It's heartbreaking, said Pauline. That there are people out there who sit around all day long to rip somebody off.

Pauline is sharing her story to make sure others do not fall for any scams.

I guess there's so much evil going on in the world that I want to stay on top of it.

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