Local senior citizen scammed out of $2K

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Police Department spoke Wednesday with an 85-year-old man who was the victim of a telephone scam.

Officers said the man received a telephone call from someone he thought was his grandson. The scammer said he had been arrested for DUI in New York City the night before and another man, pretending to be a court-appointed attorney, asked the victim to send $2,000 so his alleged grandson could post bond.

The grandfather wired the amount to the requested location.

Police said the grandson was supposed to call his grandfather the following morning explaining he had received the money, but never did.

The man telephoned his daughter in Virginia who advised him the grandson was still in Virginia, where the family lives. He was never in New York City, officials said.

The man pretending to be the attorney contacted the victim again stating he had not received the money and attempted to get the man to send more. The 85-year-old man did not send more money and contacted police.

Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department said there have been several similar reports of this scam received by Parkersburg police. He said at least one other senior citizen was scammed by the criminals.