- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - Police in Devils Lake say an elderly woman has lost $8,000 in the so-called “grandparents scam.”

Authorities say the 84-year-old woman got a call from someone claiming that her granddaughter had been in a crash in Ohio and that drugs were found in her car. KFGO reports the victim was told to purchase gift cars and send them in overnight mail concealed in a magazine.

After sending the cards, police say the woman was asked to send another $9,000 to pay for a lawyer for her granddaughter. Officials say employees at Walmart, where the woman made the transaction, became suspicious and stopped the payment.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com


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