KENNEWICK, Wash. — An unsuspecting 99-year-old woman has fallen prey to scammers after she wired $2,200 to a man in Canada who claimed to be her grandson and said he needed money to get out of jail.
The grandmother believed the telephone caller Sept. 30 when he introduced himself as her "favorite grandson," then proceeded to follow his orders to send cash through a Western Union transfer to Vancouver, British Columbia, according to Kennewick police.
The crime was reported Friday after the woman spoke with relatives and discovered the grandson had not recently been in Canada.
Though this scam was popular last spring, Kennewick police didn't have any reported victims until two cases popped up in the past month, said Mike Blatman, the department's crime prevention specialist.
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