ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another elderly scam. CCSO got a call from Alice Kelsey, 88, on Tuesday afternoon. She reported she sent $1,800 to a man she thought was her grandson.
Kelsey got a call Sunday from a man who she believed was her grandson who said he was in the Philippines and was going to jail unless she sent him $1,800. She was instructed to go to the Western Union at Publix near her home, which she did, and send the money.
Tuesday, she got another call from the same man claiming to be her grandson and said he needed an additional $1,100. Kelsey went to Publix again and this time, an alert clerk refused to send the money telling her to go home and call her son since she suspected fraud. Kelsey contacted her grandson who said he was not in trouble and advised her to call the CCSO.
Kelsey is out the $1,800 from the scam, but, it’s fortunate that the clerk stopped the second transaction from being sent to the Philippines. These types of scams have occurred before in Charlotte County and family and friends should talk to elderly persons and advise them how the scam works in trying to get their money.