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



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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