DECATUR — Police are warning residents to be on their guard after a Decatur woman was conned out of more than $1,500 in a phone scam that pretends a grandchild is in trouble.
Sgt. Timothy Maxwell with the Decatur Police Department said the 73-year-old victim was persuaded Friday to wire money from a Decatur Walmart location to another Walmart store in Maryland.
“In this case, a woman had called acting like a grandchild in jail,” said Maxwell. “Then a male called back to say he was her public defender and he needed the money to bond her out.”
The woman found out she had been conned when she checked with the grandchild she had been fooled into thinking was calling her. Maxwell urged verifying first if you believe a relative is calling you asking for any kind of help.
Maxwell said he recalled a similar con being worked 10 years ago where a female victim was targeted successfully three different times.
Any senior citizen who receives a suspicious call can contact the Elder Fraud Hotline at (217) 615-7582. All calls to the hotline are answered by Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott.