San Diego, U.S.- Nearly 10 elderly grandparents in San Diego have been victimized by a telephone scam within the past week, internationally wiring as much as US$3,500 to a male imposter posing as a distressed family member, police warned Friday.
A caller has phoned senior citizens in the late evening or early morning hours, claiming by specific name to be a loved one under law-enforcement custody.
The caller requests the grandparent to send money via Western Union to his legal representation, friend, or the courts. Money, ranging from US$1,000 to US$3,500, has been transferred to multiple sites during the scam: Santiago, Dominican Republic; Quebec, Canada; and, Mexico.
"All the victims have indicated that the voice on the other end of the phone sounds like the voice of their loved one," said Lt. Leonard Mata of the Oceanside police in a release.