CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Economic Crimes Unit are investigating another "Granny Scam" as they are called where someone calls posing as a grand kid needing cash to get them out of jail.
CCSO received the call at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday from a couple at 1401 S. McCall Rd., Englewood, who said they were scammed out of $5,600. The 77 year old woman said she and her husband, 79, received a call from a person who they thought was their granddaughter. The person told her grandmother she was visiting a friend in Canada and got arrested on a traffic stop. The "granddaughter "sounded upset and was crying, said she needed $5,600 to bond out and gave the phone to a Canadian Police Officer. The "Officer" identified himself as Officer Ben Walker and said they needed them to send money to a bondsman. The Officer gave them instruction to send the money to two different Western Union locations.
The elderly couple got the cash, and drove to a Publix in Venice. She wired $2,800 while her husband went next door to a Check and Go, 4157 Tamiami Tr., and conducted the same transaction. Cost was $190 each to send the money; the Englewood couple is now out a total of $5,980.
Sheriff Bill Cameron again warns residents about this type of scam based on emotions that is appearing all over Florida, and especially targeting Charlotte County since the county has the highest average of any county in the nation. If anyone gets such a call, get a phone number to call them back. Immediately call their children and question if their grandchildren may be in trouble anywhere.