Rochester Woman Scammed out of $36,000

Rochester Woman Scammed out of $36,000 Photo: MGNonline.

March 07, 2018 10:34 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Police say an 83-year-old Rochester woman bought $36,000 in gift cards to send to her "grandson" in jail. It turns out, it wasn't her grandson; it was a scam. 

According to Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin, the woman told police she got a call on Valentine's Day from a man claiming to be her grandson. He said he was in jail because he got a DUI and had killed someone. He asked the woman to help him with bail money and court fees. 


Over the course of two weeks, the man kept calling and the woman went out and bought gift cards to various places, including Best Buy and Walmart. 

Capt. Sherwin said that in total, the woman spent about $36,000 on gift cards. She wired some to the man and read the numbers off over the phone for others. 

Eventually, a family member heard what was going on and got involved. The female family member answered one of the calls and the man stopped calling. The caller apparently had a "Caribbean accent." 

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