Grandma scammed by man posing as grandson

December 16, 2010 3:04:15 PM PST
Peggy Stark got the call on Wednesday from a man claiming to be one of her grandsons.

"They just sounded so real," Peggy said. "He said 'Hello, Gram. That's what my grandchildren call me."

The 82-year-old has trouble hearing and couldn't make out the voice.

"He said, 'You can't tell my voice?' and I said 'I'm sorry, no, I can't," Peggy said. "He said 'Number one grandson,' and I said 'Dan!' and he said 'Yes!'"

The con artist, claiming to be Dan, said he was in New York attending a concert when he was in a car crash.

"He said 'I'm in jail for DUI," recalled Peggy. The caller asked her to send about $3,200 to pay for damages to the car.

The caller then told her to go to Wal-Mart and get a MoneyGram. She did what she was told and waited.

When she didn't hear from him a few hours later, she called. That's when she realized she had been scammed.

As it turns out, the money went to Madrid, Spain, so justice may prove difficult.

"I just want people to know and be careful," said Peggy. "I'm doing this because I don't want this to happen to anyone else."


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