Woman fooled by “Grandparent Scam,” sends $250,000 to Peru

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(KTVI) – Chesterfield police say an elderly woman sent more than $250,000 to help her grandson get out of jail, but it was all a scam.

Police say a group of scammers contacted the woman and convinced her that her grandson was being held in prison in a foreign country.  They called the woman several times and told elaborate lies before she wired the money to a bank in Peru.

Now Chesterfield police are warning residents to be cautious of anyone calling and asking them to send money to another country, or under any suspicious circumstances.

Police aren’t sure who or why this particular woman was targeted.  No other reports of the “grandparent’ scam have been made in Chesterfield.

More information on the “Grandparent Scam”
FBI: The Grandparent Scam

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