Receiving news that a family member is in trouble is never a good thing. When the trouble turns out to be a hoax and the so called grandson who made the call is an impostor, the legal problem turns into a real law enforcement issue.
An 87-year old Murfreesboro woman was scammed out of over $10,000 after giving money to a subject whom she thought was her grandson. The victim received several calls from the man who told her he needed money for legal fees, medical bills and plane tickets. After the victim loaded Green Dot cards with more than $10,000, the victims daughter came to her rescue.
The daughter told police that she tried to make contact with the subject, but the phone was turned off. That was when they called the police.
At this point, an arrest has not been made. The victim is out over $10,000.
The area codes in which the phone calls came from were "442" and "760." Both area codes are in California.
MPD Incident #14-20797