Familiar scam attempted on elderly woman
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The caller said a family member had been drinking and was involved in a car crash and requested money to be wired by Western Union to keep the family member from spending time in a Colombian jail. The man was talking to an elderly woman in Kent County, and the caller ID showed the call was coming from outside the U.S.
The woman called the police.
Kent County Sheriff’s deputies went to the woman’s home around 7:45 p.m August 1 and eventually confirmed all the claims by the caller were false.
The scam attempt is a familiar one to fraud investigators, and the KCSD sent out warnings that these calls are made all the time. They usually demand money to keep someone out of jail, and the demands include multiple money transactions.
The department says you should always check into calls like this one, especially if the caller is unfamiliar and ask for money. Contact a family member or call police before sending any money.
If you know anything about this incident, contact the Kent County Sheriff
Department Dispatch at 616-632-6357.