Couple loses $25,000 in ‘Grandparents Scam’ – IOTW Report

Couple loses $25,000 in ‘Grandparents Scam’

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Authorities are investigating after grandparents fell prey to a devious scheme and shelled out thousands of dollars when a caller claimed to be their granddaughter and said that she needed money.

The caller said that she had been in an accident and needed $12,500 for bail in order to get out of jail, according to a Volusia Sheriff’s Office press release.

“The caller told them a courier would pick up the money and instructed them to place it in a shoebox,” the press release noted. “The couple secured the money and followed instructions, notifying the female caller when it was ready. Shortly afterward, a male courier collected the money and drove away.” more


20 Comments on Couple loses $25,000 in ‘Grandparents Scam’

  1. In similar news, there is a very devious PayPal scam going around.
    Tell all the old folks in your life…they are most likely to fall for this crap.

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  2. They took my 93-year-old father for $8,000. The caller said “this is your grandson” who needed bail money to get out of jail for DUI and possession of marijuana. The grandson doesn’t drink and has never used drugs and was upset that my dad didn’t call him to confirm this call. I reported it to the FBI and included numbers they called from but of course the FBI never followed up. Probably checked to see my dad’s voter registration file first and decided it wasn’t a priority.

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  3. A common scam that has been going around. I got a call that said it was ny granddaughter needed 5000 for bond from an accident let her go thru the entire apiel. Problem was I DON’T HAVE A GRAND DAUGHTR.

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  4. I just want to add that for those of us with no family around to celebrate with, I greatly appreciate your willingness to continue posting articles today. I am thankful every day for YOU and all you do.

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  5. My family would have never have fallen for this, their first instinct would be to just let me rot in jail. I can just see them asking what took them so long to arrest me.

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  6. LocoBlancoSaltine November 24, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    In similar news, there is a very devious PayPal scam going around.
    Tell all the old folks in your life…they are most likely to fall for this crap.
    ————-

    Not me, I don’t have a Paypal account – never had one, no need for one. I’m old enough to be a grandparent, but I’m old enough and wise not to fall for any scam. Bet grandparents are liberals, they fall for anything.

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  7. @LocoBlancoSaltine
    NOVEMBER 24, 2022 AT 2:02 PM
    “In similar news, there is a very devious PayPal scam going around.
    Tell all the old folks in your life…they are most likely to fall for this crap.”

    As an “old folk” myself, I resent that statement.

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  8. They called me and the voice said ‘grandpa I need bail money’
    I said “I told you not get get involved with those ‘friends’ of yours, you can just sit it out in jail” Caller said ‘Sorry I must have a wrong number’….
    I don’t have any grandkids.

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  9. They tried this on my mother in law about 5 years ago. My sister in law, the attorney, was visiting and she was ready to start giving out credit cards. Fortunately she called me in a panic, I called my son and asked him hey, are you in jail? He replied no, that’s later tonight. We turned the number in to the PoPo and filed a report. Never heard anything.

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  10. Or that letter about talking to my relatives around the dinner table from the Big Guy😎 🕺heard his whole organization were scammers…

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  11. Nothing doing!
    I got $10,000,000,000,000 ($10 Trillion) dollars from Zimbabwe for only $1,000!

    Heh heh – suckers! Soon as the exchange rate stabilizes, I’m gonna be rich!
    Rich, I tells ya!

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  12. If you are alone this Thanksgiving, raise your hand…

    🖐

    Happy Thanksgiving – alone – Brown Eyed Girl – and everyone.

    And to all, a good night.

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