Elderly Boardman woman loses $93K in 'grandchild-in-trouble' scam

Staff report


An 83-year-old Boardman woman lost nearly $90,000 after she fell victim to a phone scam.

The woman received the first of two phone calls April 17 when a man identified himself as a “district attorney general” and said her grandson had been arrested on a narcotics charge, according to a police report.

At the caller’s request, she sent three $500 Walmart gift cards via overnight shipping.

The man called back April 19 and said more narcotics had been found in her grandson’s car. He asked her to empty her bank accounts and send the money to him.

Read more about the scam in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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