LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Fort Myers Police Department received a call in reference to a phone wire transfer fraud. The 82-year-old victim stated that she received an emergency phone call from who she thought was her grandson in Mexico City. The caller stated he was in an automobile accident and had to pay for damages immediately or “else”.
The victim made contact with her bank and removed $10,000 from her accounts. She then went to a local supermarket where she wired the money to Mexico City, despite advice from the store manager urging her not complete the transaction. This type of scam is meant to shock the elderly victim into acting quickly to help a relative in trouble. The caller even provided the victim with her grandson’s name.
Police urge residents to never send money or give out credit card numbers or other personal information to unfamiliar companies or unknown people. Be skeptical and always take your time making a decision. Legitimate companies won’t pressure you into making a snap decision. If you receive a call like this, police offer the following tips: Stop and think, do not act in haste, verify the information by calling a relative, do not send money and call police.
Anyone with information on this scheme or other crimes should call FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.