Law enforcement officials have warned residents about the “grandma scam” before, but there is another victim, this time in Vancouver.
Officers say the scammers play on elderly residents love for their grandchildren, and that it is upsetting for the residents, who live on fixed incomes and only use their savings for emergencies.
Two days ago, Jenny Hogan got a call from a man claiming to be her 25-year-old grandson.
The caller claimed to be in the Clark County Jail after a car crash and being charged with a DUII. He also said he broke his nose, and that’s why he sounded different.
The man claimed he needed money to get out of jail and he told Hogan to go to Walmart and send two MoneyGrams to a location in the Dominican Republic.
Hogan was suspicious, but the man assured her it was the only way to make the transaction. She followed the man’s instructions, paying out almost $2,000.
Afterward, Hogan and her husband realized what they’d done, but it was too late and the money was gone.
They called police and reported the scam, and now Hogan just hopes no one else falls victim to the same scam.
“Today, I’m kind of numb. I can’t believe that i was took like that,” she said. “If a person calls like that and supposedly your granddaughter or grandson and says they need money, don’t fall for it.”
Clark county officials advise anyone who gets a call like this to call around to official numbers and ask questions.
They also added that if a call sounds suspicious, it probably is.
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