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Grandparent Scam

Posted on 20th July 2016 at 08:11

A Kalama-area resident reports being a victim of the “Granddad Scam,” being bilked out of several thousand dollars by someone claiming that a grandchild was in jeopardy. The victim in the crime called the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon, reporting that he got a call from someone named “Gene,” who said that the man’s granddaughter was involved in car crash in Las Vegas. The crash supposedly involved a “high-profile Mexican man,” who would let everything go if the victim bought $15,000 in gift cards, and then provided the numbers to that man. The victim says that he was only able to buy $6,000 in cards, so “Gene” told the man to wire another $19,000 to an account in Mexico. Employees at Red Canoe Credit Union spotted the scam; they prevented the man from withdrawing the money and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called “Gene,” who reportedly identified himself as an employee with Clark County Detention. “Gene” eventually hung up on Deputies, and cancelled the phone number. No other suspect information has been developed.