Granny Scam Works Again -- This Time for $5,100

One of the most nefarious cons around is aimed at a Moraga resident and works -- again.


Sigh. This almost hurts too much to write about. If you read us you know about our campaign to inform caregivers and relatives and seniors about a particularly insidious scam aimed at the elderly. Well, the con men have done it again.

Moraga police were dispatched to an address on Sullivan Drive on May 4 and contacted a pair of grandparents who had just become the latest victims of the so-called ""

Officers determined that someone posing as the couple's grandson contacted them by phone and convinced them he was in trouble -- in Canada -- and that he needed them to send money via Western Union to a location there or he would never see the light of day.

Another sigh. The kindly couple did as they were asked, wiring $5,100 to an untraceable address above our Northern Border. Then, in an example of how interconnected these cons have become, another con man called pretending to be a Canadian police officer who for some inexplicable reason required additional money be wired -- this time to an address in Mexico -- for "court disposition fees."

This time, luckily, the light dawned and the couple contacted police.

People, please, spread the word. We hate hearing about these stories, we really do.

Valerie Sloven May 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
This happened to someone I know recently. Fortunately, the bank teller knew my friend and told him not to send the money. A significant number of seniors do have Facebook accounts. It's a great way of keeping in touch with grandchildren, but it can also be a goldmine of information for criminals.
Margot & Hal Kaufman May 18, 2012 at 08:02 AM
This just happened to my friends mother only this time her grandson was in Mexico City. Police in SOCAL are well aware of the scam.Tell your older friends. Could posting family events on Facebook have anything to do with it?
Stephanie Mann June 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
This Canadian scam didn't work with my neighbor. She noticed the area code was not right and called her grandson to see if he was okay. The scam man hung up when he knew the jig was up.
J.D. O'Connor June 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Yes, I picture these people working out of Internet cafes or dingy little hotel rooms, talking fast and preying on the vulnerable. It would be nice if they could be caught more often. Glad your neighbor figured it out quickly.


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