85-year-old SK woman allegedly cheated out of $8,800 through a phone scam
June 16, 2011 · 10:17 AM
Taken from incident reports by Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputies:
Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an apparent phone scam that cost an 85-year-old South Kitsap woman $8,800.
The woman allegedly received numerous phone calls saying that her 39-year-old grandson had been thrown into jail and needed help paying for various costs associated with getting out.
The caller referred to himself as “Officer Bob Daniels,” the woman said.
In the first call, “Daniels” said that the woman’s grandson had been arrested for Marijuana possession when Marijuana had been discovered in the trunk of the car her grandson had been a passenger in.
“Daniels” allegedly told the woman that her grandson’s drug tests had come back clean, but he’d been thrown into jail anyway.
His bail had been set at $6,000, but they only needed $4,000 from her, since another friend offered to chip in $2,000, “Daniels” said.
She wired him two transactions of $2,000 each via Western Union on June 9, she said.
The next day, she received another phone call from “Daniels” saying that her grandson’s lawyer needed $10,000 to fight the case, but he only needed $5,000 at the moment.
So, she wired him two more transactions of $2,400 via Western Union.
Again, on Friday, “Daniels” called, this time saying that her grandson’s friend couldn’t come through with the $2,000, so she’d need to pay more money to bail him out of jail.
The woman didn’t have any money left, she said.
Then, she called her grandson, she said, to see where he was, and he said that it was the first he’d heard about the incident.
But the woman had already sent the transactions to Mexico, Trinidad and Spain, she said, and the only phone number she had for “Officer Daniels” went to a full voice mailbox.
Sheriff’s deputies believe it was a phone scam and will continue the investigation.