Police: Scammer tricked elderly Wareham woman out of $10,000

Jan 29, 2019

Wareham Police are urging residents to be aware of suspicious phone calls this week after an 87 year-old woman was scammed for $10,000 on Saturday, Jan. 26.

According to reports, the victim of the scam, who’s identity was not released, received a phone call from a man who said that her grandson was in jail. The victim was then instructed to go to Lowe’s and Home Depot to purchase gift cards, which the scammer said would be used for her grandson’s release.

The victim reportedly took $6,000 from her bank account and another $4,000 from her credit card to purchase the gift cards. The scammer then contacted the victim again requesting the codes on the gift cards. In total, the victim was scammed for $10,000.

The Wareham Police Detective division is now investigating the incident.

If you did not initiate the call, do not give out personal information,” police said in a press release on Tuesday. “Beware of anyone requesting that information over the phone.”

Police went on to add that there are various twists to these scams, including telling the victim a relative has been kidnapped or hurt.

“If you think a loved one is in trouble contact the police,” officials said. “If you are a business and the purchase of a several thousand dollar gift card seems out of place, please question it so these thieves can be stopped.