The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs is warning residents about a new scam that is targeting grandparents.
A 79-year-old Cuyahoga County woman was scammed out of $7,000 by a person claiming to be her granddaughter.
The “granddaughter” called the woman and said she was in jail. The phone was then handed off to an accomplice, who pretended to be a public defender.
The accomplice told the grandmother that she need to pay $3,500 to bail her granddaughter out of jail.
The grandmother did not have the money. The accomplice instructed her to get a cash advance on her credit card and use the money to buy iTunes gift cards from a grocery store.
The grandmother bought the cards and gave the scammers the card numbers. The scammers then stripped the value from the cards.
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