Police in Carnegie are warning people about a scheme that almost left one elderly woman out nearly $3,000.
Officials said the woman answered her phone Wednesday afternoon and two men claimed her grandson needed bail money.
According to police, one of the men on the phone was crying and the other told the woman it was her grandson, who was in jail for drugs. They told the woman to wire them $2,800 via Western Union for bail.
Authorities said the suspects called for a cab to pick the woman up at her Boden Avenue home to go to the bank. By time the cab arrived, the woman got suspicious and sent the driver away.
“The interesting thing about this is this particular senior citizen doesn’t own a computer,” Carnegie Police Sgt. Jeff Kennedy said. “She doesn’t even have caller ID on her phone.”
Police said the suspect’s phone number was from Quebec, Canada.
“I imagine we’re going to see a lot of these situations,” Kennedy said. “Fortunately many senior citizens are sharp and realize they need to call 911 if they get suspicious calls like this.”
Detectives urge anyone who experience similar incidents to contact police.