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Spokane grandmother scammed out of $3,000

SPOKANE, Wash. - Another Spokane County woman has lost a substantial sum of her savings to a con man who claimed to be her grandson needing bail money for a Canadian arrest.

The 77-year-old victim told Crime Check that she received a call about 2 p.m. Wednesday from a man pretending to be her grandson. He claimed he had been arrested at the border after a companion was found carrying drugs.

The "grandson" said he needed $3,000 sent to Kent, England within two hours. The woman questioned the money going to England, but the "grandson" convinced her that was the way Canadian authorities posted bail.

She sent the money. On Thursday, she received a second call from the man who said he now needed $2,500 sent to a Deputy Robert Jones in Niagara Falls. The victim went to Western Union to send the additional cash, but was convinced by employees to not comply with the request.

She subsequently spoke to her grandson and learned the phone calls were a scam.

Elderly victims are frequently targeted by this type of fraud and may become known to the suspect through published obituaries that list surviving relatives. Spokane County sees three or four of these scams that are successful every year.

Persons with elderly relatives should take the time to educate them about the potential for them being contacted by fraud suspects, and should encourage them to call the "arrested" relative prior to sending any money anywhere.

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