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“My sister saw that one on the news, she lives in the West Virginia area,” Wetherald said. “People asked her why she didn’t know her own grandchild’s voice, but she said she hadn’t heard from him in several years. This is a dangerous thing that I believe people need to know about.” Wetherald called her phone company and was told the (760) 705-8888 number that came up on her caller ID during the call was a California-based number. But that’s little help to law enforcement in the United States trying to investigate the calls. The number belongs to Google Voice, a web-based telecommunications device with more than 3.5 million users that allows users to make free computer-to-phone calls within the United States and Canada. Its interface is set up like the company’s popular Gmail service. Those without Google Voice accounts who receive calls from another Google Voice user will see the same number that the Wetheralds saw on Tuesday. Essentially, anyone could be behind the phone number. “I just think it’s scary,” Wetherald said. “They didn’t know that we didn’t have children or grandchildren, so we weren’t going to fall for it. But we have others around here who do, and I thought that the public needed to be warned.” According to the National Council on Aging, seniors are robbed of roughly $3 billion annually in financial scams. The Tennessee conman said seniors are the easiest targets. “We target people over the age of 65, mainly, because they’re more gullible,” he said. “They’re at home. They’re more accessible. Once you get them emotionally involved, then they’ll do anything for you, basically.” Doug Shadel of AARP said such scams work against common sense because they trigger an immediate emotional reaction. “We’ve had doctors and lawyers fall for this,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what your educational level is because it triggers something emotional. It causes you to act.”