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OKLAHOMA CITY - Phone crooks targeted a metro grandmother, scamming her out of thousands.

87-year-old June says one day she received a call from a man she thought was her grandson.

He told her he was in jail for a DUI and needed bail money.

He then gave the phone to a man claiming to be an attorney.

He told June the bail was $1,500.

He also told her she could only pay with  "re-load it" cards.

She drove to a nearby grocery store to buy some.

When she got home, the pretend public defender called back for the account numbers.

Then, the man told June her grandson needs more money.

This time because the driver the grandson allegedly hit wanted $2,000 instead of using insurance.

June prides herself on being able to spot a con artist and even turned down suspicious contractors in the past.

June says she believed this man because her grandson did have a previous DUI and is currently on probation.

"When I got the $2,000 back to the caller he said ok this is fine, I'll go get him released and he should call you in a couple of hours," June recalled.

That call never came. Her grandson was never in jail and now she's out $3,500.

Investigators say you can avoid being a victim by:

  • not answering the phone to unknown callers
  • make the caller prove who they are
  • verify an arrest with that particular police department.

Officials say another scam to look out for during the holidays is strangers with sob stories, asking  for money at store parking lots.

 

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