Grandmother nearly convinced by phone scheme

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It seems as though some people will do just about anything to con you out of money – even pretend to be a family member in trouble.

An Albuquerque grandmother got a phone call so convincing, she just about fell for it.

It was a panicked call from a 75-year-old’s grandson.

“He says ‘Grandma. I really need to talk to you’,” the woman told KRQE News 13.

“And I said ‘How are you, honey? Are you ok?’”

He told her he had been in a car crash Friday morning after drinking in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Grandma! Please! Please! I’m asking you to help me, please! I’m in jail! Grandma, help me,” the woman was told.

She wanted to remain anonymous and tells News 13 her grandson lives in New York. Still, though, she listened.

“And I said ‘Honey! Of course I’m going to help you!’” She says she was nearly convinced. “$1,300 he wanted me to send.”

His voice, she says, sounded different. She couldn’t pick up his New York accent.

So she called her daughter, who got a hold of her real grandson.

“And he told her ‘Gosh! I don’t believe it! I’m here. I’m in New York and I’m just fine’.”

Someone then posing as a public defender called her, saying she’d need to Western Union that $1,300 for bail.

“A lot of elderly people love their grandchildren and they would do it in a minute.”

By then, she knew this was fishy. She says that public defender also tried to get her personal information.

Now, she wants to let others know about this scheme.

“Don’t do anything, this is a scam,” she said. “A lot of people tried to scam me before, they never got away with it.”

The number that showed up on the grandmother’s phone simply read ‘unknown.’

News 13 asked APD if they had heard about this type of scheme. They told us they hadn’t, but say con artists are constantly coming up with new ways to try and take your money and tend to target the elderly.

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