NORWICH – An elderly woman fell victim to an international scam in Norwich last week, losing more than $1,000, and now police are warning people to be careful.
The incident began when an elderly woman received a call for a man claiming to be an official from Canada. The man told the woman her grandson was in jail and was too embarrassed to call his parents. The man said the grandson needed a couple thousand dollars for bail money and asked her to wire the funds using a routing number.
Police Chief Joseph Angelino said the caller knew personal information such as the names and relations of family members, their occupations and the grandson’s general traveling plans. Before the woman could confirm the information with other relatives, Angelino said, she wired an undisclosed amount of money to the account number.