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Scammers con 82-year-old Forsyth County woman out of thousands


January 02, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. — Someone pretending to be an 82-year-old woman's grandson duped her out of thousands of dollars, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff's report.

At noon on Dec. 18, a woman in the 5000 block of Teal Trail told deputies someone called her claiming to be her grandson in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The caller impersonating her grandson said he was in Santa Barbara for a wedding, was arrested for driving under the influence and needed $1,800 to repair the car and pay court fees.

The victim said she went to Walmart and got a MoneyGram and sent it to the person whom she thought was her grandson.

On her way home from Walmart, the woman said she received another call from someone claiming to be her grandson's attorney. The woman said the victim needed to send $1,700 to cover her grandson's legal fees.

The 82-year-old woman called the grandson's mother and learned he was with her and not in Santa Barbara.

The total fees and MoneyGrams cost $3,739.

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    infuriating
    January 04, 2013 | 10:46 AM

    I wish I had a nickel for every grandparent that gets taken by their grandchildren. It's an all too common occurrence. Grandparents need to get smart and tell their grandchildren to go to their parents when they need money. This has got to stop.

    DeeGee
    Cumming
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    Read story closely and use common sense...
    January 04, 2013 | 02:12 PM

    DeeGee,
    This person was not ripped off by her own granchildren. Someone IMPERSONATING her grandson ripped her off. This is a very common scam and it is the scammers that need to be caught and punished.

    Common Sense
    Milton
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    Read story closely and use common sense...
    January 04, 2013 | 02:12 PM

    DeeGee,
    This person was not ripped off by her own granchildren. Someone IMPERSONATING her grandson ripped her off. This is a very common scam and it is the scammers that need to be caught and punished.

    Common Sense
    Milton
  4. report print email
    Read story closely and use common sense...
    January 04, 2013 | 02:13 PM

    DeeGee,
    This person was not ripped off by her own granchildren. Someone IMPERSONATING her grandson ripped her off. This is a very common scam and it is the scammers that need to be caught and punished.

    Common Sense
    Milton
  5. report print email
    Read story closely and use common sense...
    January 04, 2013 | 02:13 PM

    DeeGee,
    This person was not ripped off by her own granchildren. Someone IMPERSONATING her grandson ripped her off. This is a very common scam and it is the scammers that need to be caught and punished.

    Common Sense
    Milton
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    One post was enough, Common Sense...
    January 06, 2013 | 10:02 PM

    ...sheesh!

    Anyway, it's such a shame the predator vermin prey on the elderly. If I had the time and resources, I'd spend every waking hour catching these vermin. If, on the other hand, something like this happens to my mother in her elderly years coming up, I *will* spend every spare minute tracking the trash down on my own.

    Jason
    Milton
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