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80-year-old Lawrence woman scammed out of more than $7,000

April 20, 2012

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An 80-year-old Lawrence woman reported she was scammed out of a $7,033 by a person who alleged he was her grandson and needed the money for medical expenses in Spain.

The woman reported to Lawrence police Wednesday the theft occurred over a two-day period beginning April 13 when she received a call. The person claiming to be her grandson said he had suffered an accident in Spain and asked for money to be wired without notifying any other family members, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.

McKinley said also during the calls a person claimed to be with the American embassy in Spain. McKinley said it was a common scam, and he said officers advise people to always check with other family members, their bank or even the police to verify information before wiring money overseas.

“These scams are complex, and so they can sound extremely convincing,” McKinley said. “But any one of a number of interactions will put a stop to things.”

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50YearResident 1 year, 12 months ago

These scams work because the caller phishing for names and answers. They use the come-ons like, hi gramma this is your favorite grandson and I am in trouble. Then the old person says, is this Gerore? Then the caller says, yes, I knew you would recognise my voice. From then on the Old person provides most of the info to complete the scam. The trick is they tell Gramma not to tell anyone because he wasn't suppoased to go to spain. Gramma says she wont tell and it all $$$$ from there on.

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Gotland 1 year, 12 months ago

Hey!!! The government is supposed to screw her out of that money!!

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Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 12 months ago

How does American medical insurance work in foreign countries? Because it seems to me that if you could afford a trip to Spain you would probably have medical insurance!! I still find it hard to believe that people continue to fall for scams like this. Don't blame it on age. My mother is 80 and when she gets a call like this she immediately hangs up. One more thing...if she doesn't know her grandson well enough to know his voice why would she send him $7000 +?

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pace 1 year, 12 months ago

It is hard to believe that someone would know facts about your family, but they do. Maybe some kid talking about how he missed his grandma, hadn't seen her in years, loved being in Spain, triggered the con. Same con about your relative is in jail and needs the bail. We pick up.

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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 12 months ago

Absolutely stunning ANYBODY would fall for this without checking with family first. Just unbelieveable.

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