Elderly man victim of telephone scam artist

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By Patrick Yost

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An 85–year–old man was scammed out of $1,600 by a person claiming to be an attorney representing the man’s grandson.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the man told authorities that on August 16 he received a phone call from a man claiming to be a public defender in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The man told the victim that the victim’s grandson had been arrested for DUI and that the man needed to wire $1,600 immediately via Western Union to a “Santeria Few” at a Daytona, Fla. address.

The man said he also spoke to someone on the phone who purported to be the man’s grandson.

The victim said he then drove to Wal Mart and wired the money.

Later on the same day the same person called the man again and stated that “his grandson had actually killed someone in an accident and that he needed to wire an additional $1,600 the following day.”

At that point, reports state, the man grew suspicious and contacted his grandson’s parents.

Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said the scam has been practiced for years. “If you are not 100 percent positive of who you are speaking with, don’t give out any information. If you have any question regarding the legitimacy of a call, call the authorities,” he said.

He said scam artists particularly pray on the elderly. Recently, he said, an elderly woman came to the Morgan County Detention Center with money in hand because someone pretending to be a Georgia State Trooper had called her and said that her granddaughter was in jail.

“When people are contacted out of the blue… and it seems like a scam, they need to contact us,” Markley said.

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