Scam Targets Metro Grandmothers

A caller claiming to be an elderly woman’s grandson fooled her into wiring nearly $4,000 to Spain. It’s another case of the so called "Grandmother Scam."

The con artist convinced an Omaha woman that he was her grandson who is in the military. The woman who asked not to be identified said, “I was quite sure it was him and he sounded desperate.” The con man claiming to be the grandson said he’d been in an accident with a Spanish tourist who would turn him into the military unless he made restitution.

The woman wired nearly $4,000 to an alleged attorney in Madrid.
Not long after that her real grandson called to say none of the story was true. The grandmother said, “Grandmothers will help their children and grandchildren. But I can’t believe I fell for it.”

Another Omaha woman received a similar call but Jean Gould questioned the caller who didn’t sound liker her grandson. Jean said, “He said well if you’re not gong to help me I’m never going to call you again and just “f” you, you old bag. I said well you don’t sound like my grandson.”

Authorities say once money is wired it can be picked up almost any where in the world and chances of recovery are slim.

The elderly are warned to check out any callers claiming to be relatives before wiring any money.


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