Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cookeville Grandmother Scammed Out Of Money

Cookeville police say they are still investigating an incident in which someone scammed a grandmother out of $2,700 last week. The thief pretended to be the victim's grandson. The Cookeville Herald Citizen reports a man claiming to be in London, England called the woman this past week. He pretended to be her grandson who is serving overseas and claimed to have suffered an injury. The scam artist then asked her to send money by Western Union. The grandmother did so even though she admits the caller's voice did not sound like her grandson. It turns out the grandson is not hurt and is actually in Kuwait. Police Lt. Carl Sells reports that a similar case occurred a few months ago, but, in that instance, the victim took the time to contact another relative before sending any money.