Another grandparent has been scammed by a caller claiming to be a grandson. This time the victim loses $1,900 that police say will likely never be recovered.
The victim won’t be identified to prevent him from being targeted again. He said, “I don’t talk to my grandson enough to recognize his voice.” The scam seems almost the same every time.
The caller claims to be a grandchild who needs money to get out of a legal jam. Usually the story involves an accident with a diplomat. In this case from Spain. The victim said, “They are darn good at what they are doing. I don’t know if I slipped up and said my grandson’ name or they got it off the Internet.”
The grandparent went to a metro area store to wire $1,900 to Madrid Spain. But after providing the routing number to the con artist the money could be picked up anywhere. LaVista Police Chief Bob Lausten said, “We can document it and get the word out but bottom-line is once that money leaves the states it’s almost impossible to get it back.”
Losing nearly $2,000 in a scam hurts the 77 year old man’s bank account and his pride. The victim said, “It makes you feel like a fool.”
Investigators recommend that children or grandchildren give grandparents a verification plan to call a relative before wiring money.