Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lincoln County victims targeted by phone scams

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. -- A Lincoln County woman lost thousands of dollars in a national phone scam, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives began looking into the case last week.

The victim told police someone called her house portraying herself as the woman’s granddaughter. The woman’s actual granddaughter attends college in New Jersey.

The female suspect called crying, saying police stopped the car she was in and found marijuana. The caller said she needed $5,000 to post bond. A man claiming to be her attorney then got on the phone and asked that the money be sent to an address in Vandalia, Ohio.

The victim sent the check. It wasn’t until later she learned this story was a lie.