Telephone Scammers Try Again

8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, November 02 2010 Nov 2, 2010 Tuesday, November 02, 2010 6:17:12 PM CDT November 02, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Two Columbia women outsmart telephone fraud. On October 14, 2010, a 78 year old woman received a telephone call from a man claiming to be her grandson. The man said he had been arrested in Canada and need money right away.

Another man joined the conversation, claiming to be a law enforcement officer and told the woman her grandson would be sent to the penitentiary if she did not send the money.

The men told her to go to two different HyVee Banks and take out $5,500.00 at each location and arrange a money transfer.

She alerted police instead, who told her her grandson was fine and at work, not in Candada or arrested.

On November 1, Columbia police received a second report of this activity.

The complainant is 87 years old and received the same call from a man pretending to be her grandson. He again said he was in Canada and needed money to bond out of jail.

 Identical to the first case, a second man came on the phone and said he was a law enforcement officer.

He told her to go to Western Union and send $2805.00 in her grandon's name. She was told to call them back with the receipt number.

Instead, she called her grandson, who was fine, and then called police.

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