CUMMING, Ga. — A woman who received calls from people demanding money and claiming to be military personnel, police officers and attorneys was smart and wasn't fooled. An 80-year-old man was not so suspicious, and he paid the price.
According to Forsyth County Sheriff's incident reports, a woman in the 4000 block of Habersham Gate Drive told deputies April 24 she first got a call from a man who said he was "Corporal Brown."
She said he demanded $400 or else he would kidnap and kill her.
Deputies said a week ago the victim called authorities because of similar calls.
The scammer said he was with police in Staten Island and her grandson had been arrested. He told her to pay $1,400 to bail him out of jail.
Later, the woman received another call from a scammer who claimed he was her grandson's attorney waiting on money for her grandson.
But the woman confirmed her grandson was not in jail, but safe at home.
The latest scammer said she owed back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
Police say scammers use these scenarios to scare, intimidate or bully victims into giving them money.
On April 16, an 80-year-old man in the 4000 block of Jekyll Road in Cumming got a similar phone call from a young lady claiming to be his granddaughter. The "granddaughter" said she had been arrested for drug possession while in New York City with friends.
Another man got on the phone line claiming to be "Officer Mathews" and instructed the victim to get $5,000 in "Money Pak" credit cards from CVS to bail his granddaughter out of jail. The victim complied. He later learned his granddaughter was never arrested and he had been scammed.