Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WPD investigates scam targeting grandparents

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police are investigating a credit card scam that conned two elderly victims out of $16,000.

Detectives say two Wilmington women, ages 78 and 83, told investigators that on April 8 young men posing as their grandsons on the phone told the women they needed bail money for DWI arrests. The women were then contacted by an person posing as an attorney requesting money be placed on Home Depot pre-paid credit cards. The victims were then asked to forward PINs and card numbers to the suspects.

After losing a combined $16,000, they each realized they had been scammed. Their grandsons had never been arrested.