Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco deputies warn of scam that targets the elderly

Pasco sheriff's officials are again warning seniors to be on guard against a common money scam after two women fell victim to callers claiming to be their grandchildren needing money.

One woman in Zephyrhills wired more than $20,000 to a Western Union in Spain after a man claiming to be her grandson said he'd been in a car accident and needed money, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Another woman in Holiday sent almost $3,000 to Haiti after someone claiming to be her grandson said he needed bail money to get out of jail, another incident report says.

In that case, the woman, who is 86, went to a Money Gram store in Walmart on U.S. 19. Employees there told her the situation was a scam and refused to send the money, the report says.

"She believed the individual she spoke with was in fact her grandson, so she travelled to (another Walmart) to complete the transaction," a deputy wrote in the report.

Law enforcement authorities have seen this scam repeated time and again, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. People have been conned into sending money to Nigeria, London and even local destinations. It's often impossible to recover anything.

"There's not a whole lot we can do," Doll said. "So we just try to warn people."

Authorities urge people to verify a caller's identity if someone calls asking for money. Don't give out personal information such as names, and talk to other family members before sending any money.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Pasco deputies warn of scam that targets the elderly 09/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 20, 2010 10:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after: Wilson Ramos showing glimpses of what's possible in 2018

    Blogs

    The real payoff for the Rays signing C Wilson Ramos last off-season will come in 2018, when he can play a full season fully recovered from right knee surgery.

    And Ramos is giving the Rays a pretty good glimpse of what that can be like.

    In Friday's 8-3 win over the Orioles, he hit a grand slam - …

  2. Buccaneers-Vikings Scouting Report: Watching Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen

    Bucs

    No matter how much film we study, no matter how much data we parse, we just don't know how an NFL season will unfold.

  3. Pinellas construction licensing board needs to be fixed. But how?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– Everyone agrees that the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board needs to be reformed. But no one agrees on how to do it.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Rodney, at a February meeting. His management of the agency was criticized by an inspector general's report. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Sue Carlton: Job or family when a hurricane's coming — a very Florida conundrum

    Hurricanes

    It must seem as foreign to Northerners as shoveling snow is to those of us raised in the Sunshine State: The very-Florida conundrum of having to choose between work and family — between paycheck and personal safety — when a hurricane comes.

    A hurricane helps the rest of us acknowledge the police officers, paramedics, hospital personnel, public works employees and others who stay on the job despite the storm. 
  5. After Tampa concert, Arcade Fire members party, preach politics at Crowbar

    Blogs

    After waiting more than a decade for Arcade Fire’s first appearance in Tampa, fans didn’t have to wait long for their second.

    DJ Windows 98, a.k.a. singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire, performed at a "Disco Town Hall" at Crowbar following the band's concert at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 22, 2017.