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Elderly Solon Couple Wire $5,800 to Phone Scammers

The information in this report is from a Solon Police.

A Solon couple in their sixties received a phone call that no one wants to receive: Their nephew had been in an accident in Mexico and needed money to get out of jail, said the man on the other end of the line.

The problem is, the nephew wasn't in Mexico, and was fine. The couple fell for a scam, said .

The couple, a 65-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife, wired $2,000 to the caller on Aug. 11.

Two days later, they received another calls saying the nephew's car was damaged, and they needed more money. The couple wired another $1,900.

The next day, the "nephew" needed cash for the plan ride home, so the couple sent another $1,900.

Then they spoke to the nephew's mother, who said her son was fine.

The couple filed a report with the Solon Police on Aug. 21.

Jay August 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I can't believe, with all the warnings and alerts about phone scammers, with this scam in particular being talked about the most, that people still fall for it. Sorry, but a 65 yr old man & 64 yr old woman should known better. They're not senile 90 yr olds where being ripped off by a phone scammer would be more understandable. I'm 5 yrs older than this couple for petes sake, & I'd never wire or send money to a nephew, niece, grandson, granddaughter, or any other member of my family claiming to be in trouble, without finding out if the story was true.
Kassie August 25, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Never wire $!!!
Marina August 26, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Jay, You said EXACTLY what I was going to say except for the part about your age. We differ there. I am 48 . 64 and 65 IS NOT ELDERLY. My Mother is 80, she would be considered elderly and she has enough sense about her not to wire money . There were two of them making this decision How stupid can you be?

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