Whistleblower: Grandma swindled with call for help

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 11, 2010 - 11:16 PM

Con artists tricked one grandmother out of $17,000, making her think her grandson was in jail.

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rwinn1592Mar. 11, 10 9:37 PM

This exact swindle happened to an older good friend of mine. He nearly fell for it before getting suspicious and calling the police. Not a lot can be done about it, unfortunately other than to be aware and ask a lot of questions.

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hfnorthMar. 11, 10 9:37 PM

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luckyryanMar. 11, 10 9:56 PM

This happened to my grandma and grandpa in WI. They called stating the same sentence. They said it was their favorite grandson; they had several but said my name. They then told them I was arrested for a DWI and needed to get out of jail in order to get a lawyer and to leave the country. They wired about $4,000 I believe. Finally, on the second or third time to the wire agency they were red flagged. They finally called my mom and she called me to verify I was in my office and ok. It is too bad this happens to good people.

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d44332211Mar. 11, 1010:19 PM

It happens all the time. I suppose the majority of the seniors just hang up. These scammers are the worst kind of human beings imaginable - you don't pick on old people or babies!

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richieswensonMar. 11, 1011:02 PM

but I bet they don't. I've seen seniors get duped too often. They trust people, but people can not be trusted.

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joycen62Mar. 11, 1011:41 PM

Recent investigations into embezzlement fraud by medical personnel reveals that patients records about early dementia diagnoses are the prime targets for this fraud. The guilty parties are selling your personal information. so the crooks have a better chance of a connection on the phone. It's not a government conspiracy. It's just bad and desperate people having access to personal records, and selling them to con artists.

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eurotravelerMar. 12, 1012:17 AM

What the heck do you base your statements on? Twit

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the_vfoxMar. 12, 10 2:53 AM

scam has been around for years. Dear grandparents, please call the mom or dad before sending money, no matter how much they beg to keep them out of it or how embarrassed they may be.

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ricky56Mar. 12, 10 5:37 AM

I believe these criminals are getting info from facebook and other sites that have family info on them. If my grandparents were alive, you can bet that they wouldn't send a dime.

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qualtroughMar. 12, 10 6:35 AM

When the supposed nephew or niece asks you not to tell their parents just reply, "Not telling your parents? That's my next phone call darling!" Scam over in one.

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