An Ada woman was scammed recently for over $1,800 by people outside the United States.
The woman called police Wednesday to make a report. She told police she received a phone call from a man saying her grandson was in jail in Haiti — arrested for possession of marijuana. She said someone else came on the line and sounded like her grandson.
“(The victim) stated she was told she needed to send $1,800 to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and her grandson would be released from jail,” Ada Police Officer Dewayne Campbell said in a report.
“(The victim) ... was told her grandson had been in Haiti working with the Red Cross and that he was arrested out of a vehicle that was transporting marijuana.”
The woman was told to wire the money, which she did before contacting her grandson’s parents for fear he would get into trouble.
The cost to wire the money was $54, making a total loss of $1,854. She later discovered her grandson was in Oklahoma City.
Authorities warn residents not to wire money to people they don’t know because scammers often insist that people wire money — especially overseas — because it’s nearly impossible to reverse the money transfer or trace the transaction.
Experts warn, once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.