Niagara Gazette

Crime

July 14, 2014

Another elderly resident scammed by 'grandchild'

An all-too-familiar scam claimed another victim this past week as another elderly resident was tricked into sending thousands of dollars to someone claiming to be a family member.

A 69-year-old Hill Road woman told sheriff's deputies on Thursday that someone claiming to be her grandson called and told her he was in the the Erie County Holding Center and needed to be bailed out.

The "grandson" said he had been involved in a car accident with a tourist and a judge had ordered him to pay $7,000. The woman was told to send the funds by Western Union to addresses in Lebanon. In all, the woman sent $6,875 out before becoming skeptical and contacted Western Union and police. The woman also contacted her grandson who said he had not been arrested or in a car accident.

Last month, City of Tonawanda police said an 84-year-old man was scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars. 

The man received a call from an out-of-state phone number from an individual claiming to be his grandson, who currently attends college in Michigan. The person pretending to be the grandson said he had been arrested because of drugs and needed money. 

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