TOWN OF PORTER – An 80-year-old Porter woman was caught in what is commonly known as the “Grandma Scam” on Tuesday, paying out $7,500 to help her grandson who she thought was arrested and in jail.
It turned out the call was a scam.
The Brentwood Avenue victim told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that she received a call at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from a male who said he was her grandson. The victim said it sounded like her grandson and he told her he was involved in an accident and arrested for driving while intoxicated.
The “grandson” then transferred her to his lawyer who asked her to post $4,000 for his bail, telling her to purchase a Green Dot card from the drug store. She did as requested and when she called back the “lawyer” he instructed her to pay an additional $3,500 for property damage using the same procedure, which she also did.
The victim wasn’t aware that it was a scam until she spoke to her daughter and then spoke to her grandson who said he wasn’t arrested nor involved in an accident.