Grandparents Lose Life Savings In Marine Scam

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It`s a familiar sounding scam but with a disturbing twist for military families.  A Belleville grandmother and grandfather were taken for their life savings by someone pretending to be their grandson.

Lance Corporal Wayne Simons is serving his country in the U.S. Marines.  Someone seemed to know an awful lot about his deployment and that`s what unnerving to his family.

'The caller knew a lot of information she should not have been privy to,' said Charlene Simons, grandmother.

She wired thousands of dollars to a person she thought was her son until her life`s savings were gone.

'I would swear on a stack of Bible`s that was my grandson,' said Charlene Simons.

She said the caller first said he was in trouble and needed $2,526 for bail money.  Then he said money she wired was $100 too much so she should send the correct amount of $2,426.  She did.

The calls continued for nearly 2 weeks until the grandmother`s life savings were gone.

Charlene Simons` son is warning other military families about the scam and telling grandparents to question telephone calls for help.

'They used him as a tool to wipe out the savings of my parents,' said William Simons, father of Lance Simons.

He has also contacted the Belleville police department but knows there is little chance the scammers will be caught.

'I just want to make sure this doesn`t happen to anyone else.'

William Simons is also contacting the F.B.I and the office of the Illinois Attorney General.

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