'Grandma scam' resurfaces

'Grandma scam' resurfaces

There are 2 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Nov 29, 2010, titled 'Grandma scam' resurfaces. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

If one of your grandchildren calls saying they're in trouble, watch out. It could be a scam.

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Since: Feb 10

Shasta Lake, CA

#2 Nov 29, 2010
How dumb, or senile, do you have to be to fall for this scam?
Holly Ann

Seaside, CA

#3 Dec 1, 2010
I knew an older lady named Alice who lives in Carmel who fell for this scam last year. She is very hard of hearing and the guy on the phone supposidly sounded like her grandson. He told his grandma that he had been in an auto accident and needed the money to give to the car he hit. He said he didn't have insurance and that if he didn't pay the money that he would be going to jail. He begged her not to call his parents. He said that he would pay her back. He seemed to know enough about the family to lead her to think it was her gandson. I guess he was very convincing because she actually took $3500 to Western Union and sent it. Of course, when she told me all this is was the following day and she was feeling like a fool, because she had decided to call the kids parents and the grandson was here in California and not in New York. Of course, when she contacted the Carmel police, it was too late to get the money back. All the police could do was take the report. So, it does happen to even nice people with good intentions.

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